AFC beat Western Stima 3-2

Published on 12/07/2009

By James Waindi

An 80th minute strike by Masinde Muliro University student Gideon Asudzi helped AFC Leopards to a vital 3-2 win over Western Stima at the Nyayo National Stadium.

The win was Leopard’s second in the Kenya Premier League and stand-in coach Twahir Muhidin, who took charge of the team after Edward Manoah resigned last weekend, said they needed six more wins to be safe from the axe.

After playing 13 matches without a win, the former league giants were so relieved with the hard-fought result, that fans stormed the field in jubilation after the final whistle. The last time Leopards won was in March when they beat Sony Sugar 1-0 in Awendo.

“It is now up to the players to salvage the team by ensuring they win all the remaining home matches and take the team away from the relegation zone,” said Muhidin.

Despite picking maximum points against Stima, Leopards are still stuck in the bottom of the table with 13 points, a pointless than Red Berets who have a game at hand.

Desperate for a win

Leopards, who were desperate for win, entered the match on a high pace, but the visitors were the first to break the deadlock just five minutes inside the match. Leopards’ custodian spilled Mark Sirengo’s feeble shot and Joseph Kaira was quick to pounce to silence the crowd.

Leopards replied in style when former international Frankline Obare unleashed a 30-yard strike in the 12th minute that found Stima’s goalie David Juma off guard.

Obare added the second in the 27th minute, tapping in Daniel Mukaisi’s cross to give the victors a 2-1 haltime lead.

On resumption, Stima’s substitute Daniel Makachi levelled in the 76th minute against the run of play, before Asudzi, who had replaced Obare, scored with his first touch, tapping in the ball after Juma spilled Kevin Shigogodi’s corner kick.

Sofapaka held

At Oserian, league leaders Sofapaka were held to a barren draw against Ulinzi in a match that saw both sides waste numerous chances.

KCB defeated Agro Chemical 2-1 in Muhoroni, courtesy of goals from Michael Oyondo and Humphrey Miano. Oyondo fired the bankers ahead with a fierce long range strike in the 20th minute and Miano converted Tony Onguro’s cross six minutes later to earn KCB three vital points.

At the same time, Benee Juma scored seven minutes to time to earn Sher Karuturi a point against Sony Sugar during at Awendo. Juma capitalised on poor marking by Sony defenders to equalise for the visitors after Jack Omondi had put Sony ahead in the 78th minute. Sher custodian Noah Ayuko failed to contain a cross, leaving Omondi to tap into an empty net.

Ayuko was outstanding for Sher as he denied Jack Omondi and Vincent Arita in a match largely dominated by Sony. Sony coach Francis Baraza was disappointed by the draw.

— Additional reporting by Nick Oluoch, Bosco Magare and Ben Ahenda



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