AFC Leopards and Mathare in a Nyayo stalemate

By alex wafula
Jun 17, 2017
  • Mathare United Martin Ongori dribbles past AFC Leopards' Samwel Ndungu. The match ended in a barren draw. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

AFC Leopards’ wait for a Kenyan Premier league win was thwarted for the eighth consecutive time after a barren draw against Mathare United at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday.

Ingwe had the game’s best chances of the match, but were largely not the better side in terms of overall play.

Dorian Marin, the new boss at the den started off his reign with a point but he believes soon, his charges will start playing in the tempo he requires.

“We just can’t score. We have played four games now including those in Tanzania and we have scored only one goal. It is not good. Football is all about winning. We had the chances today but we could not use them,” The Romanian said after the game.

Francis Kimanzi who has just inked a new one year contract with the Slum Boys got a much needed point after a a five-match losing streak.

“After such a run, you can never demand so much from these young boys. This is a point that is going to drive us forward. We have to move step by step and hope to improve moving on,” Kimanzi explained.

Mathare commanded most of the play in terms of possession, but fell short in th business end.

AFC Leoprads were more direct and had the game’s best chances, all of which fell on the shoulders of young striker Vincent Oburu.

The forward who was promoted from the junior team in January was playing his first league match for Ingwe having been locked out of the first leg after double signing.

First chance

The 19-year old had the first chance in the 11th minute after being put through to face Mathare keeper Wycliffe Kasaya one on one. But, after going past Kasaya, he took too much time on the ball and a backtracking Lennox Ogutu rushed to tackle him off the ball.

He had another opportunity in the 28th minute after intercepting Kasaya’s weak clearance but could not beat the erroneous keeper one on one, as the shot stopper bounced back to block his effort.

Immediately, Kimanzi instructed substitute keeper Levis Opiyo to start warming up as it wasn’t the first error by Kasaya.

His passing and ball handling had not been up to scratch and to avert another loss, Kimanzi had signaled intent for a change.

Mathare’s best chance of the opening half hour came through in the 24th minute when David Owino volleyed at goal making use of poor defensive clearance from Joshua Mawira.

However, Ian Otieno was well positioned in goal to collect the effort.

Marin made his first change of the match in the 34th minute pulling out Andrew Tololwa for Musa Mudde, making his first appearance for the club since returning from a spell in Bandari.

Tololwa was visibly upset with the decision to pull him out without injury and he did not stretch his hand out to the coach after being hauled off.

Mathare came close four minutes to the break, when Chris Oduor struck first time from a Daniel Mwaura cut-back, but Ian Otieno made a superb stop from point blank.

Kimanzi made his change at the start of the second period, hauling off Kasaya for Opiyo.

Frustrated Kasaya

Kasaya who was playing against his former side showed his frustration by walking out from the other end of the pitch before planting himself on the tartan at the extreme end of the bench, face slumped into his hands.

Just like the first half, it was Mathare who were the more dominant side, but had nothing to show for their command.

Oburu once again had an opportunity to bring his side one up. In the 62nd minute, the youngster pounced on a long ball missed by defender George Owino, but Opiyo was quick off his line to block.

On the other end five minutes later, Lennox Ogutu’s header at the edge of the six yard box went over from a Mwaura cross.

Mathare also had penalty appeals turned down in the 81st minute when Mwaura went down after appearing to have been pushed down by Mawira, but the referee had none of it.

Elsewhere, Posta Rangers came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Thika United.

It was the first time in 14 matches that Rangers were scoring two goals in a match.

Mwinyi Kibwana had notched home a brace for the hosts Thika, but debutant Kennedy Otieno and John Nairuka who was playing against his former side cancelled out the brace, sparing blushes for Sammy Omollo’s men.

KPL Weekend results and fixtures: (All games kick off 3 p.m.)

Saturday: AFC Leopards 0 Mathare United 0 (Nyayo Stadium), Chemelil Sugar 2 Nzoia Sugar 1 (Chemelil Complex), Thika United 2 Posta Rangers 2 (Thika Sub-County Stadium).

Sunday: Bandari v Western Stima (Mbaraki Complex), Kakamega Homeboyz v Zoo Kericho (Mumias Complex), Kariobangi Sharks v Tusker FC (Kenyatta Stadium Machakos), Muhoroni Youth v Nakumatt (Muhoroni), Sofapaka v Gor Mahia (Kinoru Stadium, Meru), Ulinzi Stars v Sony Sugar (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru).