Despite having new assistant coach Abdallah Juma in the dugout AFC Leopards’ could not stop ‘Slum Boys’ from bagging second league win
Mathare United upset GOtv Shield champions AFC Leopards’ 1-0 in a mid-week Kenyan Premier League match played at Nyayo Stadium on Wednesday.
United went ahead in tenth minute through Hussein Zzinda with a volley that beat Martin Musalia in goal. Zzinda was picked out by Roy Syamba, who took advantage of a defensive lapse from AFC Leopards’.
Leopards started strongly and Nigerian striker Austine Ikenna blasted wide as he attempted to put his side ahead. In the third minute, Roy Syamba, who had a great game in midfield, also attempted a long range effort which went wide.
Then Jacob Keli playing for his former coach Abdallah Juma, found himself inside United defense but his attempt to shoot at goal was inhibited by being in a tight angle though passing the ball would have been a better option than going for goal.
Two minutes later Keli found himself in a better position to score but he opted to pass the ball to Khalid Jumaan though going for goal would have been better option. United fought back and Noah Abich's free-kick forced a finger tip save from Martin Musalia.
One minute later, United went ahead as their efforts finally paid off. But Leopards’ should have easily equalized almost after going down but once again Keli's combination with Jumaan was thwarted by a hawk-eyed Robert Mboya in United goal.
Another opportunity fell to United in 27th minute but Daniel Mwaura hesitated to pull the trigger when he had plenty of space. Leopards’ came alive again in 35th minute with Mboya coming out to deny Jumaan.
As the second half kicked-off, Leopards’ rested Austine Ikenna for Michael Khamati in a move that gave them plenty of chances upfront. Khamati missed to pull an equalizer on two occasions after coming on.
The first time he chested Charles Okwemba's free-kick but the angle was too narrow for him to score. And then he was denied by Mboya, who had a man of the match performance. United rested goal scorer Hussein Zzinda for Ken Wendo but it still did not help them get a second goal but will still be glad to have picked their second win of the season.