Shimonyo strikes late as Western Stima shock AFC Leopards

By alex wafula
Apr 27, 2016
  • Clifton Miheso agains Evans Kiwanuka of Ushuru in a previous match. Miheso scored the lone goal for AFC Leopards against Western Stima in Kisumu. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Former SportPesa-sponsored Kenya Premier League champions AFC Leopards were beaten 2-1 by Western Stima on Wednesday evening at theMoi Stadium in Kisumu.

This was the third loss for AFC Leopards in a match where midfielder Fred Shimonyo scored with three minutes remaining.

The team lost points from their abandoned tie against Ulinzi Stars last weekend and on Tuesday, sponsors SportPesa announced they were suspending their sponsorship.

Fred Nyarombo scored for Western Stima in the 27th minute before substitute Clifton Miheso restored parity for AFC Leopards five minutes after coming on in the second half.

But, AFC Leopards were exposed with Shimonyo’s solo effort. Coach Ivan Minnaert was disappointed with the performance saying:

“It hasn't been a good show, not good at all. At the start of the game some players couldn't even get the basics of football and that's what disappointed me.”

Central defender Eugene Ambulwa missed the game because he is suspended after being red-carded against against Ulinzi last weekend. Minnaert slotted Kevin Migunde in his place but the tall defender only lasted 38 minutes before being replaced by Allan Katterega.

Western Stima who have won three of their five home matches started on a high and were rewarded with Nyarombo tapping home a goal bound effort from Francis Ochollah.

At the start of the second half, Minnaert pulled out Alfred Wekesa for Clifton Miheso and the speedy winger needed just five minutes to make his presence felt, shooting from a rebound after Evans Bengo had blocked his cross

 AFC Leopards now played with a bit more confidence and Minnaert threw in his last dice with 15 minutes to go, bringing in Lamin Diallo for Omune. As they threw bodies upfront in search of the winner, Shimonyo weaved his way into the box, rounded Indeche to score.

Seven matches on the cards

Western Stima now move to fourth on the log with 17 points while AFC Leopards remain third with 18. The structure of the table might however change on Thursday with seven matches on the cards.

The top two sides, Mathare United and Tusker will be facing off at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.  Mathare lead the standings with 21 points, one ahead of Tusker FC who lost last weekend to Posta Rangers.

Francis Kimanzi will be up against a side he coached last season it will be interesting to see how he fares against a side he managed unsuccessfully for two seasons. Kimanzi is enjoying a good return to  Mathare.

In another interesting tie of the seven, defending champions Gor Mahia will be in Mombasa to face Bandari. The hosts are coming off a poor run of six winless matches

The two teams have already met this season, in the season opening DSTV Super Cup which Bandari won 1-0.

“It will be a tough match against Gor because they have quite improved. I have watched their last few matches and I must say they will be no pushovers. We can’t rely on history. We just have to bounce back and get a win at home,” Twahir Muhiddin admitted.

Gor is eighth on the league standings with eight points.

Wednesday result: Western Stima 2 AFC Leopards 1.

Thursday fixtures: Ulinzi Stars v Chemelil Sugar (Afraha), Muhoroni Youth v City Stars (Muhoroni), Sony Sugar v KK Homeboyz (Awendo), Thika United v Sofapaka (Thika), Tusker FC v Mathare United (Kenyatta Stadium), Bandari v Gor Mahia (Mbaraki).