Leopards go down to Thika United

May 08, 2011

It was a rude homecoming for AFC Leopards coach Nick Yakhama as his side fell 2-0 to Thika United in Mumias on Sunday.

Yakhama who joined Leopards last week and beat Bandari 2-0 on his debut was clearly at sea against Thika as his striking force remained clueless infront of  goal and  clearly did not deserve to get anything from the match.

After a goalless first half in which both teams gave as much as they received, Moses Arita broke the deadlock in the 55th minute to give the visitors the opening goal.

Arita who increased his tally to six the same as KCB’s  Cliford Alwanga finished off a wonderful cross by Kepha Aswani from the left flank.

Arita appeared to have failed to tap home from the first effort falling on Leopards defenders. But he quickly got up and shot past a forest of legs to score the first goal.

Leopards then piled pressure on their opponents and Emmanuel Tostao scored in the 60th minute but was ruled off-side.

Tostao was just ahead of his marker after being put through by Ken Amboko. Demonde Selenge then failed to put his side on level in the 62nd minute from a goal mouth melee.

The tide then swung in the visitors favor as they hit back with attacks of their own. Francis Kahata who has attended trials with Italian side AC Milan forced Barnabas Tiema on a save in the 84th minute.

Second half substitute Kennedy Otieno then scored for Thika five minutes later with a 25 yard shot which beat Tiema on his line.

Yakhama complained of poor officiating claiming the offside goal by Tostao should have stood.  His Thika United counterpart Abdalla Juma was a relieved man after his side moved to fifth position on the log.

In Mombasa,Congo United upset visiting Nairobi City Stars 1-0 at the Mombasa Municipal Stadium.

It was the second win for coach Gilbert Selebwa who joined the club two weeks ago and has brought a major revolution at the club. Rama Ali scored the only goal for Congo.

Meanwhile,Struggling  Bandari have finally fired coach Oliver Bango.The coach was shown the door on Sunday a day after the team lost 1-0 to Gor Mahia in a Kenyan Premier League match at City Stadium.

Earlier on Sunday the coach had told journalists that he has resigned but a top team official confirmed to sportsnewsarena that he had been fired.


Bandari will announce a new coach in the next three days though former under-23 coach Rishadi  Shedu has been linked to the club sponsored by Kenya Ports Authority.


After five matches, Bango was warned that he would be sacked if he did not win his next match something that he did.However the performance dipped immediately after that.


Bango becomes the fifth coach to be fired this season. He follows Gideon Ochieng (Congo), Nick Yakhama (Chemelil) and Robert Matano (AFC Leopards).

Full results:  AFC Leopards 0 Thika United 2,  City Stars 0 Congo United 1, Chemelil Sugar 0 Western Stima 0 and Sony 0 Ulinzi 0.



Gina Tivona

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