Arch-rivals Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards settled for a barren draw in a Betking Premier League match played on Sunday afternoon at the Moi International Sports Center.
The reigning league champions dominated the first half creating numerous chances, however failed to utilize them. Leopards on the other hand were better after the interval but their wastefulness ensured that the match ended even.
Gor Mahia started the game strongly winning a couple of set-pieces early in the game but Leopards’ rearguard stood strong to deny them on several occasions.
Ingwe on the other hand looked dangerous on the break with Shaka Bienvenue, Elvis Rupia, and Austin Odhiambo threatening Gor’s backline.
Leopards left-back Lewis Bandi pulled a goal-line clearance in the 30th minute to deny Jules Ulimwengu whose header was goal bound
Despite creating a couple of half chances and being the dominant side, Gor failed to make it count, the first half ended barren.
AFC Leopards made two tactical changes after the interval. Coach Anthony Kimani withdrew the visibly ineffective Austin Odhiambo and Marvin Nabwire for Harrison Mwendwa and Peter Thiong’o as he opted for more firepower.
Ingwe showed massive improvement after the interval. Collins Shichenje had a good chance in the 52nd minute but his attempt from the edge of the area went over.
Shakava Bienvenue also skied his attempt from the edge of the area in the 66th minute. Rupia was next shooting directly at Oluoch.
None of the sides could find the breath-through and in the end, settled for a point apiece.
Gor Mahia Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Philemon Otieno, Geoffery Ochieng, Andrew Juma, Charles Momanyi, Ernest Wendo, Alpha Onyango, Kenneth Muguna, Nicholas Kipkirui (80′ Nicholas Kipkirui) , Samuel Onyango (63′ Clifton Miheso) , Jules Ulimwengu (61′ John Macharia)
Unused subs: Gad Mathews, Frank Odhiambo, Nicholas Omondi, Bertrand Konfor, Sydney Ochieng, Joachim Oluoch
AFC Leopards starting XI: Benjamin Ochan, Lewis Bandi, Robinson Kamura, Collins Shivachi, Clyde Enaji, Collins Shichenje (59′ Eugene Mukangula) , Austin Odhiambo (46′ Harrison Mwendwa) , Fabrice Mugheni, Marvin Nabwire (46′ Peter Thiong’o) , Shaka Bienvenue, Elvis Rupia
Unused subs : John Oyemba, Kipyegon Isaac,Tsuma Said, Jaffar Owiti, Hansel Ochieng