Kenyan Premier League entered its third week with a pulsating match between the newly-promoted side Wazito FC and bigwigs AFC Leopards on Saturday at the Bukhungu Stadium.
AFC Leopards bagged all the three points courtesy of a 74th Minute John Makwatta Penalty after the striker was brought down inside the area.
Leopards began the match on a high note with Ingwe dictating the proceedings in the first ten minutes after the kickoff. The Casa Mbungo led side made several attempts towards the Wazito Goal but their keeper Kevin Onyango was having none of it.
Wazito almost took the lead in the 11th Minute only for Amos Asembeka’s header from a Paul Acqua cross to narrowly miss the target.
Leopards keeper Benjamin Ochan was called to action again in the 17th-minute when he parried an Abouba Sibomana freekick and sent it out for a corner kick.
A rare mistake at the back nearly gifted Ingwe a goal but Hansel Ochieng’s header, unfortunately, went wide. The first half ended in a barren draw.
Wazito entered the second half with a settled mind unlike Leopards, who were floppy with passes and control.
Derrick Otanga failed to convert a sitter in the 58th-minute when he received a nice pass from Michael Oduor. The striker was later substituted for Elvis Rupia.
The separating goal came in the 74th-minute courtesy of Makwata John, who scored through a penalty after being brought down inside the penalty area by Wazito’s defender Bernard Ochieng.
The Fred Ambani side was forced to substitute Michael Oduor in the 83rd-minute with Piston Mutamba in a bid to revamp their ailing striking force. But this did not yield any fruit.
The contentious moment came in the last minute of the four added minutes when Abouba Sibomana recklessly tackled Brian Marita, triggering rage among Ingwe players. As a result, Sibomana and Whyvonne Isuzza were both booked for a yellow card.
Saturday’s defeat was the first for Wazito this season with the KPL newbies now at 2 points from their first three games having drawn their first two.
AFC Leopards on the other hand recorded their first win of the season after failing to win their first two matches. Ingwe will next take on Chemelil Sugar While Wazito will be looking to bag a first win when they take on Zoo Kericho.
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