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Leopards pay back taxes, Sofapaka fall

AFC Leopards fans celebrate victory over Sofapaka FC. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

AFC Leopards fans celebrate victory over Sofapaka FC. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, July 11- Khalid Jumaan was the hero for AFC Leopards with the precious goal in their 1-0 victory over Ushuru FC for their second win on the bounce to pay back in kind their first leg defeat at the hands of the taxmen.

In the first of Saturday’s double header at Nairobi’s City Stadium, fellow giants Sofapaka were shocked by resurgent bankers, KCB who dispatched them 2-0 to atone for their last gasp 2-1 loss to Leopards on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, basement side Nakuru All Stars forced hosts Muhoroni Youth to settle for a thrilling 2-2 draw to wrap Saturday’s programme.

The biggest story though was Leopard’s gritty victory as the financially struggling giants who lost 13 players in the June transfer window continue to confound friend and foe under the tutelage of Croat head coach, Zradvko Logarusic.

Ingwe new boys were thrown to the deep end on Wednesday where former Sofapaka star, Patrick Kagogo’s last-gasp free-kick gave them maximum points to bring their campaign back on track after a bitter 1-0 loss to Thika United launched their second leg campaign on a sour note.

With the solid tax collectors dominating possession and piling on the pressure on both halves, Jumaan, who is fasting in the Holy Muslim month of Ramadan, completed a smash-and-grab victory when he scored the only goal from a header in the 29th minute.

Bernard Mang’oli brought in the set-piece that Jumaan, who was largely a bench player in the first leg, converted for his second goal of the season to lift Leopards third on the log in a game where suspect officiating in the KPL reared its ugly head again.

Despite Ushuru’s best efforts to level the match and five minutes of added on time, Ingwe held on for the three points that took them above Ulinzi Stars on the same tally of 31, 14 adrift of champions and table-toppers Gor Mahia.

“It’s big motivation to win two games in a row. I’m playing more and getting myself in the league. It’s not easy because I’m fasting and trying to play. It was a very tough game but at the moment, we are a bit down but with time, we will gel and do better.

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“We wish the ones who left, we wish them well. We miss them but we have no choice but to play and win the match,” Jumaan who set a second finish as the realistic target for Leopards behind runaway leaders and archenemies Gor underscored.

“It was tough, it was scaring and I thank God the boys won. We were under pressure in the second half because the new boys have not got used to the way the coach wants to play. This is commendable.

“The exodus had given Khalid a life and he is having more time to play,” assistant Leopards boss, Yusuf Chippo held.

– Kenyatta incensed-

Ushuru boss and the last Leopards captain to lift the national title in 1998, Ken Kenyatta was left livid at the final whistle claiming his boys were robbed of victory or at least a share of the points by centre referee Raymond Onyango.

“KPL have to change, they are looking for two teams to compete in the league. It is making somebody feel like leaving football. I was denied two penalties in the first half; the goalkeeper is taking time to clear boys.

“We prepare teams; we do not come here to be intimidated. I have a good team that can beat anyone,” the fuming coach ranted after his side remained stuck on seventh following the defeat.

Earlier in the same stadium, last season’s runner-ups, Sofapaka remained 12 points adrift of the champions after failing to break into KCB’s vault with the bankers netting two unanswered goals to move up to 11th on 16 points and further away from danger.

Chrispinus Onyango, the young sizzling forward notched the double in the 20th and added time sandwiched between a 63rd missed penalty by John Odhiambo that would have settled matters much earlier against a Sofapaka side that looked a pale shadow of themselves.

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All Stars improved to 10 points at the foot of the table after coming from 2-0 down to force a 2-2 draw in a result that could spark their great escape.

Muhoroni were coasting when Abass Akinyemi successfully converted a penalty in the 11th minute before All Stars were left reeling two minutes later when another veteran, Wycliffe Ochomo struck for 2-0.

Bebetto Lnamba pulled one back with ten to go in the second half and sensing blood, the table-propping side went for it and got the equaliser through Boniface Akenga on the stroke of full time.

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  1. upuzi_tele

    July 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    What can a watermelon tell kenyans that kenyans dont know? Kalonzo is a pretender and a big joke. Bure Kabisa.

    • Kwessi Pratt

      July 11, 2012 at 8:38 am

      @upuzi-tele: You are overwhelmed by propaganda from utterly confused people! The guy who called brother VP Kalonzo watermelon was drunken with massive confusion. This is simply because first no one was opposing the new constitution. It had already been written by constitutional experts. What Kenyans were required to do during the referendum was merely to decide whether they were to amend it before or after passage. That was in connection with clauses in the document that didnt have unanimity. VP Kalonzo realized that the corruption lords were completely confused and then urged them to go slow in their accusations against religious leaders. Remember merchants of deceit had called religious leaders non-reformers and pretenders. It was only at that point when these people who dwell on insanity yelled “watermelon!” Media was to repeat it over and over for reasons best known to them. From there, you took it over and here you are, exposing your induced confusion, if not ignorance! There was no shred of opposition at all against the new law. Nor were there any space for opposition. We gave it all to constitutional experts led by lawyer Nzamba Gitonga. Kenyans have been fooled for far too long. Thats why Miguna Miguna’s book is an eye opener! By the way, who told you that corruption merchants ever give space to good leaders?

  2. Kwessi Pratt

    July 12, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Keen observers of our political terrain must have noticed that VP Kalonzo Musyoka is the best presidential material we currently have at this point in time. That Kalonzo leads in fostering national unity is not challengeable at all. Infact, when he joined president Kibaki in 2007 in saving the countrty from insanity, he stated as much. However, opportunistic lords of corruption went vile and quickly branded him an opportunist. They were later to mourn that and I quote: “if Kibaki has appointed a VP, somebody with less than a million votes, what are we going to negotiate about!” They did not end there, for they also casted aspersions on the person of the VP, ridiculing the number of MPs his party had. National unity, the main issue of extreme importance, was quickly lost through dismissive propaganda that was clearly marked by bitterness of upstaged person. Somebody wanted to be number two in the government and had lost that opportunity. Thus, mud had to be thrown at those who “stole” their right! To this day, this same same fellow has tried to be seen as president’s right hand man. He actually never hesitates to embarrass himself by rushing to be on president’s right side. Infact, this 1/2 loaf stuff was merely meant to assert a fake number two position!

    Its noteworthy that lords of corruption have tried very hard to distort perceptions of Kenyans on the VP. Thats has been done through malicious propaganda, character assassination and vicious lies bordering on insanity.

    The country is facing nearly crippling economic hardships, mainly induced by maddening corruption. Brother VP Kalonzo has refused with ironclad resolve to join thievery merchants. I guess, thats why merchants of deceit have been very dismissive about the man. Obviously, they are loudly telling us that if you dont embrace corruption like them, you are a bad man! They apparently cant stand a man who has avoided their thieving melee! Even those who have self-crowned themselves as the only single reformers in land of 40million people, have turned out to be Kalonzo’s harshest critics. The reasons for that are surely too obvious.

    We must note that VP Kalonzo became a senior politician when corruption was another word for leadership. He never embraced that corruption and that in itself, is a serious feat indeed. It goes along way to show the seriousness of the man. He has stood on his religious values despite enormous mockery by our self-declared saviours. They had tried to create doubts about a very exemplary leader indeed. Nevertheless, their failure to attain their wicked designs have resulted in to an avalanche of frustrations. They have tried extremely hard to make sure that Kalonzo is reduced to none news item. But somehow, the brother is swiftly vindicated by turn of events. Surely, truth will always triumph over evil!

    Kalonzo since his days as foreign minister, has brought alot of resources from all corners of the earth to this country. His diplomatic skills that have made him an international peace maker, have largely contributed in bringing in those resources. At home, brother VP Kalonzo has remained the most idealistic. He has brought the 24 hour economy idea, that has not only transformed forever Mombasa Port, but also how business is done in the whole East and Central African region. That happened while empty extreme critics were on prowl is no mean achievement. He has also come up with the idea of Shs.2,000/= for our old folks. That illustrates how Kalonzo is concerned about vulnerable groups. His latest idea of joint debates for all presidential candidates is another masterstroke. Thats because it will help to cut down mischievious tribal politics and move to issue-oriented campaigns alone. However, guys consumed by big tribe mentality have given the idea a very lukewarm reception. Thats simply because their candidatures are entirely pinned on tribalism. But they are the first to scream “issue only campaigns!”

    There is no other candidate that can challenge Kalonzo’s impressive credentials at all. Lords of deceit and corruption are only truly trying to deny the country best leaders through mischief and worse. There is no other candidate that can match Kalonzo toe to toe in terms of achievements. Some of them are no more than utterly confused yellers! They have completely failed to place a single idea on the table despite their deepening noise. Guys who wont differentiate between a simple matter of “when” and “opposition” cant be allowed to lead this great nation at these precurious times.

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