KISUMU, Kenya April 14- Substitute Benjamin Mosha’s 89th minute volley secured a 1-0 win for Muhoroni Youth against AFC Leopards at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Saturday.
AFC leopards head coach Ivan Minnaert was not only unimpressed with how his team put up against the Sugar Millers but laid blame on the match referee Moses Simiyu whom he accused of being biased.
“All the little details of the referee’s decision put us out in this match. Calling back a foul when we have an advantage, a handball from Muhoroni and every time we are moving he stops us. That is what killed the momentum of the game,” Minnaert said.
It was not exactly the same performance Ingwe have put up in their last two matches and the hosts were deservedly winners at the end of the 90 minutes.
Muhoroni keeper Martin Elung’at, making his third start of the season remained untested in the entire 90 minutes.
Muhoroni defender Wellington Ochieng had the first attempt of the game with a dipping header at the far post from a Yussuf Mohammed corner that went wide.
Minnaert’s charges were struggling to build up play and looked uncomfortable playing on the artificial turf.
They were almost gifted a good goal scoring opportunity on the half hour mark from a confusion between centre back Kevin Omondi and Elung’at but the defender managed to loft the ball out of danger with Simon Abuko lurking in the vicinity.
Leopards upped their pace as the game progressed with Hedmond Mauda coming close with a shot at the edge of the box that went disappointingly wide on the half hour mark.
Five minutes later, Clifton Miheso put Aswani through on the left, but the skipper’s attempt to cut back a cross into the box was futile with Omondi sliding in to block the attempt.
Muhoroni had a goal disallowed in the 39th minute after Lucas Indeche punched the ball into his own net but the referee whistled for an impediment on the custodian with league top scorer Wylciffe Ochomo being adjudged to have pushed him from a Yussuf Mohammed corner.
In the second half, Muhoroni pushed harder and played with more purpose. Ochomo came close to his tenth goal of the season in the 75th minute but his shot from the right was parried away by Leopards keeper Lukas Indeche.
The hosts however ensured they bagged all three points from the match with a minute of regulation time left.
Mosha volleyed in at the edge of the six yard box from a Kennedy Rono cross.
The win saw Muhoroni Youth move to sixth on the log with the result.