Western Stima completed the double over AFC Leopards after beating them 3-2 in Tuesday’s Betking Premier League match at the ASK ground in Nakuru.
The result aided their chances of remaining in the league next season while at the same time dented AFC Leopard’s chances of winning the league.
Western Stima dominated proceedings in the early exchanges and got an early lead twelve minutes after kickoff.
A long ball from Stima’s defense was failed to be cleared by Robert Mudenyu and Michael Karamor capitalized on the defensive mix up to put his side in the lead.
Things would go from bad to worse for AFC Leopards after a handball by Mudenyu in the penalty area and Barron Oketch sent the keeper the wrong way to double his sides lead.
A quick breakaway by Leopards shortly followed and Elvis Rupia had a chance to half the deficit but the ball was deflected out for a corner.
AFC Leopards came out of the block flying in the second half and almost scored soon after but Caleb Olilo’s effort at the edge of the box was too central to trouble the keeper.
Elvis Rupia also had a chance to score after a good delivery from the right but his headed effort went over the bar.
Western Stima who were now relying on counter attacks almost scored a third but Michael Karamor’s curving shot was excellently saved by John Oyemba. Leopards had another chance to score but Peter Thiongo’s effort was excellently saved by Stima keeper Richard Aimo.
With the clock ticking on, AFC Leopards halved the deficit from Collins Shivachi from a corner kick and just when it looked like they could salvage something, Western Stima scored from a freekick at the edge of the box, a wonderful effort by Geofrey Ojunga.
The last piece of action from the game was a second goal for AFC Leopards after a long ball by captain Isaac Kipyegon to the box was not cleared well and Bonface Mukhekhe’s fierce drive from the edge of the box nested in the bottom right corner but it was too little too late for AFC Leopards who lost their second consecutive game.