Ingwe claw Bandari in Mombasa as Ulinzi drop home points

By alex wafula
May 12, 2015
  • AFC Leopards coach Zdravco Logarusic reacts after his team won a KPL game. AFC beat Bandari 2-1 on Tuesday.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Ulinzi Stars'John Makwatta takes on the Chemelil defense.

AFC Leopards climbed to 4th on the KPL standings after their second successive win a 2-1 score over Bandari at the Mombasa Municipal Stadium.

Jacob Kelli put up a decent display with a goal and n assist as Ingwe soared over Bandari who have lost their third home match this season.

Kelli fed Mudde Musa for the opener in the 46th minute but this lead lasted just ten minutes, David King;atua restoring parity with his third goal of the season.

However, the pint sized Keli who was voted 2013’s best player showed glimpses of his former self, scoring the winner in the 69th minute. This was Keli’s seventh goal of the season which takes him joint top with Gor Mahia’s Victor Ali Abondo.

“It was a very tough match because the pitch was too slippery due to the rains but we thank God that we managed to get the three points. We have been focusing on winning and moving up the table and now that we have done so, we are motivated even stronger to continue with the run,”said Keli .

“Personally I have been working on my form to see whether I can get back to the 2013 shape and I am glad it is slowly coming back. We take a match at a time and hope for the best.” he added.

Chemilil hold Ulinzi

At the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, hosts Ulinzi Stars were held to a goalless draw by a resilient Chemelil Sugar. The millers’ custodian John Waw was undoubtedly the man of the match keeping his side in the game with save after save.

The former Oserian and Kakamega Homeboyz goalkeeper came to his team's rescue in the 9th minute, tipping over Kevin Amwayi’s shot from the left after the winger had beautifully changed passes with Brian Birgen.

Coach Mike Mururi had to make early changes to the side after midfield maestro Hamisi Mwinyi picked up a muscle strain and in his place he brought on Felix Tindi. That reduced Chemelil’s midfield strength by a mile as Mwinyi had been instrumental in stringing the forward passes.

Meshack Karani had a decent chance for the sugar millers in the 34th minute but he was denied by James Saruni who spread himself beautifully infront of the burly striker after he had been released by a defence splitting Stephen Wakhanya pass.

But it was Oscar Wamalwa who would have the best chance of the game, one on one with the goalkeeper Waw but he fluffed his chance.

The lanky striker had broken the offside trap to find himself one on one with Waw but he shot straight at him. Captain Stephen Ochollah who was making a return to the team after being out with injury forced Waw into another save with his header from Amwayi’s corner.

Churchill Muloma tried his luck from distance and he was never too far as his shot whistled just past the upright after a half clearance from the Chemelil backline.

“It is a match we should have won having lost very many chances. It is an area we need to address and ensure we take our chances. We take the point however and plan for the next assignment,” Ulinzi’s Robert Matano said after the match.

His opposite number Mike Mururi was enraged with the officiating. He said; “All the 50-50 balls were going on Ulinzi’s side. Today the referee decided the match and he controlled it to one side. I am very disappointed but nonetheless, we take the point.”