AFC Leopards dispatched Ulinzi Stars 1-0 in the first match of the FKF Premier League’s round 32, a 3 pm tie hosted at the ASK Nakuru National Showground. After a barren opening half, Caleb Olilo struck the all important goal for Ingwe to ensure a strong finish for the Kenyan giants as the 2020/21 season gears towards closure.
After a cagey opening quarter of an hour played at the ASK Showground, the hosts Ulinzi Stars began to make forays upfront and in the 18th minute, Mark Bikokwa tested Benjamin Ochan with a close drive. The Ugandan International, however, was equal to the shot.
A red hot Bikokwa showed up two minutes later, getting the better of Leopards kipper Isaac Kipyegon before shooting right into the palms of Ochan.
By the half time beak, Peter Thion’go would be inured for Leopards and as the teams headed for the breather tied at 0-0, Mukhekhe Boniface stayed behind to warm up; an imminent second half change.
Thiong’o would be withdrawn for Mukhekhe upon the restart.
Austine Odhiambo attempted to right for goal with a corner kick on 52 minutes but the soldiers could hear none of it, clearing the goal-bound effort out of the danger area.
The tie would open up in a more physical sense as the teams approached the hour mark and it would be no surprise when Kipyegon took the match’s first yellow card in the 58th minute.
Coach Benjamin Nyangweso would withdraw a lacklustre Masita Masuta in favour of speedy winger Clinton Omondi in the 63rd minute in a bid to fire up his attack. parts responded by throwing in Shaka Bienvenue for Odhiambo.
Only seven minutes had elapsed after the change when Caleb Olilo struck for Ingwe, a stupendous hit that had Saruni James in goal for Ulinzi- rooted to the ground.
In a last ditch effort to rescue the game, the soldiers brought in a double change with ten minutes of regular time left. Enosh Ochieng and Omar Boraafya made their way into the contest as John Njuguna and Mark Bikokwa went out.
AFC Leopards held on to win 1-0, a victory that takes them to 3rd on the log on 47 points. Ulinzi, meanwhile, remain a distant 10th.