Agitated AFC Leopards' fans held the team's technical bench headed by Nandwa hostage after another lackluster display against the tax men
Pressure continued to mount on AFC Leopards’ coach James Nandwa after his side were beaten 1-0 by promoted side Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) at Kasarani on Wednesday.
Ingwe had a very poor first half but improved in the second half, hitting the post thrice but never finding the target. Geoffrey Omusula scored the lone goal of the match in the first half to hand coach Ken Kenyatta precious three points.
The revenue collectors were determined to get the win and attacked well from the first whistle. Ivan Anguyo had a chance from a set piece but his shot was easily collected by Martin Musalia. The best chance fell in the 31st minute but Barrack Odhiambo failed to convert alone inside the 6 yard box after a decent cross from Barrack Ikocheli.
Odhiambo chested the ball down but it was not enough to put it within his reach as Jackson Saleh managed to rush in and clear the mess. Ingwe had their first attempt at goal in the 34th minute, Paul Were’s timid shot doing nothing much to trouble Philip Odhiambo in KRA goal.
Geoffre Omusula then broke the deadlock in the 45th minute after chunks of dominance, rushing into the area from Barrack Odhiambo’s great through pass and shooting past Martin Musalia.
In the second period, Ingwe returned a better side with more determination and dedication to earn the three points. After just a minute of restart, Paul Were had a great solo run from middle of the park, racing into the box before unleashing a vicious shot that was saved by Odhiambo. Jacob Keli could not however, tap the rebound home from close range as Edwin Misiko rushed to clear.
A minute later, Charles Okwemba had an effort hit the bar when he headed from Paul Were’s cross. Were again had another effort come off the bar in the 53rd minute from Austine Ikenna’s pass.
Coach Kenyatta was then forced into a triple sub, bringing out Barrack Odhiambo and Philemon Otieno, who were both injured and their places were taken by Collins Omondi and Joseph Emeka. Joseph Mulume was also rested for Carlson Mweresa.
Ingwe continued to pile the pressure with James Situma’s free-kick flying wide before he headed onto the post from Paul Were’s deep cross. A decent chance fell in Ingwe’s way after 78 minutes with keeper Odhiambo saving Ekenne’s header and Kelli kicking wide the rebound from less than two yards out.
KRA had the chance to make it two in the 88th minute but a bizarre miss ensured scores remain at 1-0. Omusula again raced past Ingwe defense before tapping past Musalia with the effort hitting the bar. However, with the goalmouth at his mercy, he tapped the rebound wide.