Jackson Saleh’s goal was enough to propel GOtv champions to second league victory and ease pressure on besieged coach James Nandwa
AFC Leopards’ were made to fight before downing promoted side Nakuru Top Fry 1-0 in a Kenya Premier League match played at Mumias Complex on Saturday.
Defender Jackson Saleh scored the all important goal after soaring high to head in a cross from Bernard Mang’oli. The win takes Ingwe to seventh place on Kenya Premier League standings with ten points.
For Top Fry, they failed to match their antics that saw them dismiss Gor Mahia 2-0 last weekend in Nakuru. Leopards’ went into the fixture minus a number of key players among them captain Martin Imbalambala, strikers Allan Wanga, Jacob Keli and defender Abdallah Juma.
This prompted coach James Nandwa, to hand Nigerian striker Austine Uzeremeke his first start for the club. Mike Khamati also started up front alongside the Nigerian striker and Ingwe looked the better sides in opening exchanges.
Ingwe piled early pressure as they sought to go for early goals. Mang’oli went close with a long range effort that went just wide while Khamati had his header go off target with Ingwe increasingly becoming dangerous.
In the second period, AFC Leopards’ brought on Ezekiel Seda, Charles Okwemba and Augustine Etemesi for Mike Khamati, Bernard Mang’oli and Oscar Kadenge while the new comers introduced Anthony Ng’ang’a, Joses Kizito and Wilson Andati for Teddy Siwa, Dennis Sikhai and Titus Achesa.
Top Fry stepped up efforts in the second half with John Ndirangu, who scored a rare double against Gor Mahia, being enterprising upfront but Martin Musalia remained hugely settled between the sticks.
Ingwe will now be relieved with two weeks of rest and they will be hoping that their stars, who missed this game with injury will be available as they increase their challenge for the title.