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Ex-Mathare United defender Anthony Kimani strikes from a strong header to deny champions Tusker victory in a pulsating Kenya premier League match at City

By Tim Musungu

Defender Anthony 'Modo' Kimani scored his maiden Ingwe goal since joining the club from Mathare United, heading home in the 84th minute, to give AFC Leopards a deserved point against defending champions Tusker FC at City Stadium on Saturday.

Tusker had a bright first half but Leopards’ resilience in the second period proved vital and they should have won the game had they converted the chances they got.

Tusker threatened early with Jesse Were missing three clear cut chances, shooting wide twice and being denied by goalkeeper Martin Musalia once. Tusker however, were vigilant in their play as they pinned AFC back.

The goal finally came with 20 minutes gone on the clock. A long ball from 40 metres from captain Joseph Shikokoti found Ismail Dunga with the former Sony Sugar man calmly controlling on his chest and shooting past Musalia as the defense watched.

Tusker continued dominating in possession but they could not make the chances count. They (Tusker) were almost made to pay at the start of the second half.

Harambee Stars striker Allan Wanga played some short passes with Patila Omoto, the former Kariobangi Sharks man delivering the final pass that saw Wanga face the Tusker goal, however, his shot went slightly over as Tusker survived.

Mike Baraza also came close with his shot on his favorite left foot being saved for a corner. Patillah Omotto and Martin Imbalambala also had their efforts go wide as Leopards upped the tempo upfront.

In the 83rd minute, Were whose coming on had upped the forward speed for Leopards won a corner after his attempted cross was blocked. He took it short with Omotto with the final cross again being cut out.

Taking the resulting corner, Were decided to have it long and it was successful as it found Antony Kimani who jumped to power in the equalizer.

The goal seemed to spark instant life on Leopards as they attacked like angry bees. Immediately some good interchange of passes between Wanga, Omoto and Were resulted in Were facing Tusker custodian Boniface Oluoch, but he could not beat his former teammate as he shot wide.

Leopards, with new Belgian coach Luc Eymael, will be happier with the point especially after a superb second half performance.