NAIROBI, Kenya, August 9 – AFC Leopards climbed to sixth in the Kenyan Premier League log after securing a 3-1 victory over KRA as Western Stima beat Nairobi City Stars 1-0 in a double header played at Mumias Sports Complex on Saturday.
The early kick-off saw Stima end their seven-match winless run with Job Omuse headed in the all important goal in the 25th minute with former Harambee Stars forward Wesley Kemboi providing the assist.
Stima leapfrogged Muhoroni Youth to 11th while the trouble plagued Kawangware inched closer to the relegation trapdoor as they sit only three points above the danger zone.
Leopards on the other hand are bubbling after collecting six points on the trot following their midweek walkover win over Sony Sugar and they find themselves nine points adrift of leaders Tusker.
Stars forward Jacob Keli sent Ingwe ahead in the 20th after brilliantly finishing Musa Mudde’s pin point pass before he turned provider for winger Noah Wafula who lobbed past keeper Philip Odhiambo to double the lead at the half hour mark.
The taxmen emerged from the break a determined side and could have reduced the deficit had Ivan Anguyo’s indirect free-kick that beat Martin Musalia not been ruled offside.
The persistence by Ken Kenyatta charges paid in the 70th when they won another indirect free kick that former Gor defender Anguyo curved to the far right side of the net as Musalia watched helplessly to pull one back.
Anguyo could have scored his second two minutes later via the same route but the Ingwe keeper clawed away another peach of an effort.
In the 78th defender Rodgers Ochieng was adjudged to have pushed Keli inside the box to gift Ingwe a dodgy penalty that Bernard Mang’oli converted to seal the points.
Timonah Wanyonyi’s introduction for Wafula strengthened the attacking force with the former K’Ogalo winger almost finding the back of the net three minutes to the final whistle but saw his on target shot deflected for a corner that went futile.