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Premier League

  • February 19, 2014
  • • 15:00
  • • Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi

AFC Leopards striker Jacob Keli battles for the ball against a KCB opponent.

KCB 1-1 AFC Leopards: Keli returns to deny bankers' maximum points

AFC Leopards striker Jacob Keli battles for the ball against a KCB opponent.

Girgo Omondi.

The bankers’ had gone ahead through Francis Ouma but Keli, who joined Ingwe, from KCB in January transfer period scored the leveler to snatch a draw

Striker Jacob Keli scored against his former team as AFC Leopards’ came from a goal down to force a one-all draw against Kenya Commercial Bank in a mid-week league match at Nyayo Stadium on Wednesday.

Francis Ouma gave the bankers’ the much deserved lead in 15th minute with a well taken low shot after wriggling past the Ingwe defense to slot in past Wycliffe Kasaya.

The burly custodian was left fuming at his defense allowing the dangerous Ouma to turn inside the area and beat them. The goal came just after Jacob Keli had failed to convert a chance on the opposite end when keeper Sammy Okinda spilled Mudde Musa’s shot right into his path.

The bankers’ dominated early proceedings using their speed and width to tame the Leopard. Ingwe should have found themselves 2-0 down only after 17 minutes but the upright came to their rescue denying Francis Ouma.

The former Mathare man, whose partnership with Mungai Kiongera, was working well had beaten the offside trap to pick up Kiongera’s pass but he squeezed himself so much away from goal after going past Kasaya, his eventual shot coming off the post.

Ingwe gradually came into the game but found it hard to penetrate the KCB defense that remained steady throughout. Their best chance of the half fell to Augustine Etemesi, but the winger’s shot was well saved by keeper Sammy Okinda. Abdallah Juma had lobbed in a free-kick just above the half-line, with the lanky Joseph Shikokoti heading in for Wanga, who set up Etemesi.

Five minutes to go as Ingwe piled the pressure upfront, Allan Wanga found himself in David Omweno’s book after handling the ball as he went up to meet James Situma’s cross. The Leopards’ piled more pressure but an equalizer was never forthcoming.

On the other end, KCB came close, Ouma again finding himself well placed but his header from Bethwell Warambo's’cross was too weak to even find direction.

Ingwe upped the tempo in the second half as they searched for an equalizer. Three minutes into the second half, Abdallah Juma swung in a free-kick from the edge of the box with keeper Okinda saving and Wanga forcing him into another save from the rebound.

From the resultant corner, James Situma’s goal-bound header was blocked and KCB launched a counter attack. Mungai Kiongera did well to leave his marker but his final delivery into the box could not deliver punishment for the Leopard.

Ingwe finally got the much needed equalizer in the 58th minute, Jacob Keli scoring against his former side with a low shot into the far right. Allan Wanga had laid the ball for him after the KCB defense was not effective in clearing away the ball.

But credit must go to Peter Opiyo, who had just come in for Ezekiel Seda, as he drove the ball into the top of the bankers’ box creating the mayhem. Ingwe kept it going and just eight minutes later, another chance popped up, Allan Wanga failing to tap home after Okinda had spilled James Situma’s free-kick.

Charles Okwemba came in for Mudde Musa, who never had a colorful game and this increased attacks for Ingwe. Wycliffe Kasaya was reduced to a spectator as KCB sat back. Mungai Kiongera’s inviting cross with 70 minutes gone was dangerous but luckily James Situma cleared it away.

Wanga twice came close, first his shot going just over while his header from Imbalambala’s cross went wide. Jacob Keli would have completed his brace with ten minutes to go but he completely missed a lone header from Augustine Etemesi’s inviting cross.

However, it was James Situma who missed the greatest chance, failing to convert a penalty with four minutes to go after a KCB defender had handled inside the box from a corner. Ingwe will now shift their focus to Ulinzi Stars, whom they meet on Sunday in Mumias.