By Joel Masibo
The Kenyan Premier league round of 25 has gone down in different venues across the country with a number of interesting fixtures witnessed.
AFC Leopards played a host to the seventh positioned Mathare United at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday in a mouthwatering encounter between the two premier league bigwigs.
It was all a midfield battle affair right from the kick off as both sides tried to showcase what they got with tackles and interceptions in the midfield play.
However,Ingwe looked more deadly with threatening passes from Whyvonne Isuza and Dancun Otieno slicing through the shaky defense of Mathare United trying to find their lethal striker Ezekiel Odera more often .
A tag of war between the teams was witnessed until on the half hour mark when James Situma fouled Jeffery Owiti in the box that resulted to a penalty in favour of the Leopards.
Isuza stepped up and slotted home a cool finish with David Okello heading the right direction but could not meet the power behind the ball.
Francis Kimanzi’s men looked settled and more composed with their build up in the hunt for the equalizer and this did not last long when James Situma restored parity for the slum boys in the dying minutes of the first half pulling the strings from a close range following a well delivered free kick.
Likely, it was anyone’s match in the early minutes of the second half with both sides trying to beat one another on the counter attack and deadly runs from the wings.
Some entertaining passes were seen with Ingwe stealing the show mostly with Jeffery Owiti making promising runs on the left wing creating problems for Situma to contain the youngster.
The Leopards search for the second goal persisted and eventually bore fruits on the 60th minute with a lovely interchange of passes at the edge of Mathare United’s box that saw Marvin Nabwire sneak in and totally beating David Okello to hand the 13 times premier league holders the much deserved lead.
Meanwhile, Afc leopards had to play one man less following a red card shown to Whyvonne Isuza with a careless tackle on a Mathare United player but despite the setback, Rodolfo Zapata’s men held on for a hard fought win.
The outcome of the match sees Afc leopards maintain their fourth position on the log with 42 points while the slum boys remain seventh with 35 points.