AFC failed to win yet again after forcing a barren draw against Batoto ba Mungu, a result that could now trigger changes in the technical benchSofapaka and AFC Leopards' shared the spoils after fighting to a barren draw in a Kenyan Premier League match played at Machakos Municipal Stadium on Sunday.
AFC Leopards' were the stronger side as the match kicked-off. From a Paul Were pass, Martin Imbalambala volleyed it well but Duncun Ochieng was hawk eyed to deal with the danger. Five minutes after that attempt, Sofapaka won a free-kick which Enock Agwanda took with a low effort that Martin Musalia in Leopards' goal struggled to keep out and it ended in a fruitless corner for the hosts.
As action picked up, Mike Khamati failed to beat Duncun Ochieng', who had come out of his line as Felly Mulumba cleared the danger. Sofapaka were very dangerous on free-kicks and in the 17th minute it was the turn of Collins Shivachi to take one but this was easily dealt with by Martin Musalia.
Then one minute later, top striker Allan Wanga took an aim at the Sofapaka goal and though it was a good effort, it went slightly off target. Another chance by Leopards' came at the half hour mark with Jacob Keli forcing Duncun Ochieng' to make a save and it ended in another fruitless corner.
Ten minutes later, Leopards' should have been celebrating their opening goal but Wanga wasted the effort after Keli had done all the donkey work and placed the ball on his path only for him to shoot it at Duncun Ochieng' in goal.
From the rebound Michael Khamati failed to tap home as Collins Shivachi cleared the danger. Jacob Keli then hit the side netting as Leopards' finished the first half on a high. As the second half kicked-off, Sofapaka rested Danson Kago and Yusuf Juma for Elly Asieche and John Njoroge.
Goalkeeper Duncun Ochieng' was also carried off the pitch after being injured and his place taken by Barnabas Tiema. Leopards' on the other hand rested Michael Khamati for Charles Okwemba. Collins Shivachi received the first caution of the match when he tag at Paul Were's shirt in a dramatic second half. He was later sent off for un-becoming play.
Sofapaka continued to press for an opener and should have gone ahead in the 56th minute after John Barasa failed to complete a Clifftone Miheso effort. Two minutes later Enock Agwanda's attempt to beat Martin Musalia in goal didmnot materialise.
At the hour mark, Leopards' had their first chance but Paul Were failed tom convert the same and instead, it ended up in a corner. A few minutes after coming onto the pitch, Barnabas Tiema was forced to stretch and keep out a Paul Were effort. In the end both teams had to content with a draw.