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Roaring Ingwe’s still in KPL command

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NAIROBI, Kenya, March 12- AFC Leopards are firmly at the helm of the Kenya Premier League (KPL) following their dogged 2-1 win over league newly promoted Muhoroni Youth at Nyayo National Stadium over the weekend.

Second half goals from the impressive Allan Wanga and Victor Ochieng’ cancelled out James Okullo’s early goal.

Wanga was before the match feted with the February Kandanda Player of the Month award by local legend Joe Kadenge, an anchor of the feared Leopards side of the 80s as well as the national team.

The Jan Koops lads who have not lost a single match this season, amassing 13 points from five games; two ahead of 2009 champions Sofapaka who were held to a barren draw away to promoted Oserian in Naivasha on Saturday.

With this win AFC will be beaming with confidence ahead of their next fixture, the ‘Kenya Derby’ against fierce rivals Gor Mahia who unlike Ingwe, are enduring a nightmarish start to the campaign.

Their rapid progress under the Dutch Septuagenarian who took over mid last season has seen the usually fickle Leopards fans troop back to support their side, with Sh1.1m being raised in gate collections during their Muhoroni tie.

Gor are smarting from a 4-0 aggregate CAF Confederation Cup defeat to Mozambique side, Ferrraviario de Maputo who edged them out 1-0 in the return leg at Nyayo on Saturday.

Sofapaka, who briefly held the lead after their trip to Naivasha, saw the return to the team of captain James Situma, who had been ineligible to feature for the Salim Ali’s side since the start of the season as he awaited clearance from his former Albanian club FC Tirana.

Musa Mudde also made his maiden appearance of the season with Bob Mugalia also coming on in the 62nd minute after a long injury spell.

Oserian with the home advantage failed to bag the three points with a disappointed Coach Sam Otinga ruing the missed chances.

KCB remained third with nine despite their 2-0 home stuffing by Western Stima who moved up to fourth at City Stadium.

The bankers with their league leading goal scorer Jacob Keli could not match up to the visitors, with Alloys Maingi and Justine Monda scoring in each half earning the praise of their elated coach Henry Omino.

Defending champions Tusker are seventh following their disappointing goalless draw at stubborn Thika United who saw the return of Moses Arita. The draw saw Thika move two places to 11th on four.

Despite Karuturi’s 2-0 win over Chemilil they both tie at eight though Michael Nam’s boys rose to fifth on superior goal difference.

Sony Sugar held visiting City Stars to a 1-1 draw, a result that saw City’s coach Gideon Ochieng blame poor officiating for his sides’ woes.

Bottom placed Mathare United who are yet to register a win this season take on 10th placed Ulinzi in a Monday evening fixture at Nyayo.

Mathare who struggled throughout the whole of last season will be facing the fired up Nakuru based soldiers who will be looking to avenge their humiliating 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Leopards.

Recently reinstated coach Benjamin Nyangweso will be plotting for a clear win to inspire the soldiers following his brief sacking in the wake of the home ground loss to the Cats.

Gor play Tusker during in the crunch mid week fixture that will also see Rangers who are one place above Mathare take on Western Stima at City.

Sofapaka will play Sony Sugar in the first match of the Top 8 knock out tournament on Wednesday.

LATEST KPL TABLE

Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 AFC Leopards 5 4 1 0 8 1 7 13
2 Sofapaka 5 3 2 0 5 2 3 11
3 KCB 5 3 0 2 8 5 3 9
4 Western Stima 4 2 2 0 4 1 3 8
5 Karuturi 5 2 2 1 4 2 2 8
6 Chemelil 5 2 2 1 3 2 1 8
7 Tusker 4 2 1 1 3 2 1 7
8 SonySugar 5 2 1 2 6 6 0 7
9 Oserian 5 1 2 2 5 7 -2 5
10 Ulinzi Stars 4 1 1 2 5 7 -2 4
11 Thika 5 0 4 1 3 5 -2 4
12 Muhoroni 5 1 1 3 2 4 -2 4
13 Gor Mahia 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3
14 City Stars 5 0 3 2 2 7 -5 3
15 Rangers 3 0 2 1 3 4 -1 2
16 Mathare 4 0 0 4 2 8 -6 0

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