AFC Leopards maul fifth tier team as GOtv Shield begins with goalfest

By alex wafula
Jun 25, 2017
  • AFC Leopards drew with Mathare United in their last KPL match. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Under-pressure AFC Leopards let some heat off their backs with a 15-1 mauling of fifth tier side Dero United to start their 2017 GOtv Shield campaign on a high.

The 2013 champions came into the fixture on the backdrop of a run of eight winless matches.

Despite winning against a side ranked several divisions below them, the win boosted their confidence.

Tom Juma and Dennis Kitambi handled the team in the match played at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu, with the fate of Dorian Marin set to be decided Tuesday.

Youngster Vincent Oburu hit five by himself with midfielder Whyvonne Isuza contributing to the haul with four goals.

The five goals Oburu scored will boost his confidence especially after missing several key chances on his debut in last weekend’s league draw against Mathare United.

Marcelus ‘Adebayor’ Ingotsi opened the floodgates with a goal barely two minutes into the match, arriving in the box just in time to meet a low Samuel Ndung’u cross.

Musa Mudde, playing his second match since returning to the club from Bandari FC added the second minutes later.

But the Siaya-based club replied through Edgar Owino who finished a well-worked move to narrow the scores 2-1.

However, the slimmest hopes of mounting a comeback were nipped in the bud just as quick as they rose. Isuza, Oburu and Ingotsi scored in quick succession as Ingwe went to the break with a healthy 5-1 lead.

Continued the rout

They continued their rout in the second period adding a further 10. Isuza struck thrice Oburu four while substitute Jackson Juma added his name to the list.

Defender Robinson Kamura made it 14-1 and keeper Otieno capped off the day with a 91st minute penalty.

In Machakos, Paul Nkata’s dream of winning the Shield for the second consecutive time with a different team started off on a positive note as Bandari beat Uweza 3-1.

The dockers finished the match with 10-men after defender Andrew Waisswa was sent off for a second yellow.

However, it was no impediment to victory for the 2015 champions. New signing Baron Oketch broke the deadlock with an early penalty before Boniface Wambani stretched the lead to 2-0 in the 10th minute.

Bandari saw their lead sliced to half on the half hour mark when Wycliffe Odeho scored from the spot.

Hamisi Mwinyi scored in stoppage time as Bandari consolidated the win and progress to the round of 16.

It was a day that didn’t provide shocks with all the big guns going through because Western Stima beat Machakos United 4-1 and SoNy Sugar ran out 3-0 winners over Timsales in Nakuru.

KCB beat Poror Mote 3-0, Palos beat Griffins FC 5-1 while Kariobangi Sharks edged out Bungoma Superstars 3-2.