KISUMU, April 27 – Fredrick Shimonyo scored with three minutes left on the clock as Western Stima beat AFC leopards 2-1 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu to move fourth on the SportPesa Premier League standings.
Fredrick Nyarombo had given Stima a 27th minute lead before Clifton Miheso restored parity five minutes after coming on in the second half, but Shimonyo’s sucker punch meant Leopards went for the third straight match without a win.
Head coach Ivan Minnaert had brought in the lanky Kevin Migunde in defence, taking the place of suspended Eugene Ambulwa who saw red in the match against Ulinzi Stars last weekend. However, Migunde struggled to get his feet into the game and Stima were threatening to use the weak link to punch in scoring opportunities.
In the 10th minute, goalkeeper Lucas Indeche was forced to come to Ingwe’s rescue to put out an effort by Francis Ochollah after being played through by Victor Ochieng.
AFC continued playing second fiddle to the hosts with Minnaert frustrated on the touchline. Stima got a reward for their early resilience, Nyarombo tapping home a goal bound effort from Ochollah which beat Indeche.
Minnaert couldn’t have any more of Ingwe’s poor start to the game and in the 38th minute pulled out the unconvincing Migunde for Allan Katterega.
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 into the net from a rebound after Evans Bengo had blocked his cross into the area.
AFC 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 tap in the winning goal and earn Stima a second consecutive three points at home.
“Despite the win, I’m disappointed with how we played in the first half, our tactics never worked out well and we were heavily pressed. In the second half the changes we made worked well and the best we made was Bernard Ondiek coming in. He added the numbers upfront and we got the goal,” Western Stima coach Henry Omino said after the match.
Minnaert on his side could not his displeasure with the manner his side played.
“It hasn’t been a good show, not good at all. We dominated the second half, pressed well but our tactics just couldn’t get the second goal. At the start of the game some players couldn’t even get the basics of football and that’s what irked me in the first half,” Minnaert said after the match.
Immediately, AFC will embark on a journey back to the City and they will be facing Ulinzi Stars for the second time in the space of one week, this time in the Kenya Premier league Top 8 Cup at the Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.