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Four-star Homeboyz thump AFC to move 4th

AFC Leopards fans in a past SPL match. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya
AFC Leopards fans in a past SPL match. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 14- Kakamega Homeboyz earned sweet revenge against AFC Leopards, following their 4-1 victory at the Mumias Sports Complex on Sunday.

This is after Ingwe dumped Homeboyz out of the GOtv Shield two weeks ago.

Leopards looked fatigued after resting for four days, having come from Tanzania where they lost 4-1 to hosts Simba in a friendly last Monday.

Ingwe conceded three goals within the opening half hour and prior to travelling to Tanzania for Simba’s ceremonial 80th birthday, Leopards had shuttled between Nairobi and Mumias, playing three matches within a week and the trip to the Tanzanian capital further drained them of strength.

The hosts got into the lead in the fifth minute through Andrew Kulecho and they found themselves doubling the lead after Sunday Mutuku scored with an insane effort from inside his own half, catching Ian Otieno off his line.

Andrew Murunga further compounded Ingwe’s woes with a well taken freekick in the 28th minute.

With his side failing to get a hold of the match, coach Ivan Minnaert pulled out Mungai Kiongera for Kepha Aswani in the 39th minute and it only took five minutes for the former Thika United forward to prove his worth, reducing the deficit with his 11th goal of the season.

But the hopes of a comeback were thwarted from a defensive error after Murunga intercepted a back-pass from Eugene Ambulwa  back to his keeper Otieno to beat the custodian and roll the ball inside the net.

The loss is Leopards’ first in the second leg and it throws their hope of bouncing into the top five into disarray.