Defender Jackson Saleh scored for Ingwe to break jinx against Tusker FC and also end a losing streak that could herald a positive era for the club
AFC Leopards’ ended a bad run of results against Tusker after registering a 1-0 win in a Kenya Premier League match played at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday.
The win was significant for Leopards’ in many ways. One it was the first time that they have beaten Tusker since 1998 and secondly it ended the team's losing streak that could herald a positive era for the club.
Defender Jackson Saleh scored the only goal of the match in 26th minute after heading home an Abdallah Juma well curved free-kick, which had hit the Tusker goalpost.
For Tusker it was the third loss in a row coming after defeats to Chemelil Sugar and Sofapaka and threatens to throw them out of contention for league title. Leopards’ seem to have got their tactics right. Coming into this match, they desperately needed to win and did everything possible to get their victory.
However, in terms of chances, it was the brewers’, who were the more urgent side. In the fifth minute, Patrick Matasi did everything to stop a Joshua Oyoo low shot. It was the first game for Matasi this season but he did not even finish the game after coming off due to injury and was replaced by Wycliffe Kasaya, who was also returning from injury.
Apart from being forced to rest Matasi, AFC Leopards’ also rested Bernard Mang’oli for Charles Okwemba while the brewers' rested Ali Abondo for Kevin Kimani and Duncun Wafula for Ismael Dunga.
Leopards' first chance came in the ninth minute when Martin Imbalambala tried to pick out Paul Were in the right flanks but Martin Kiiza was quick to cut off the speeding winger.
Then a hard tackling Musa Mudde was booked for rough play on Joshua Oyoo. Second half substitute Wycliffe Kasaya was also booked for time wasting while in Tusker side, Luke Ochieng and Ali Abondo were cautioned.
Though the brewers’ were the more aggressive side in second half, they just could not be able to put the ball behind the net. Clifford Alwanga had the best chance to equalize but failed to beat Kasaya with a long shot outside the Leopards danger zone.
Kasaya made another last minute save after cutting off Kevin Kimani's long pass but it was too late and Leopards' bagged maximum points.