Former Sofapaka left back Abdallah Juma struck a brace on his debut for AFC Leopards as Ingwe clawed Thika United 4-1 to revive their league title hopes
The on fire AFC Leopards were in a class of their own in both halves with Allan Wanga and another debutant Michael Khamati scoring the other two goals.
Thika United started the match off well with Francis Kahata and David King’atua having shots that were well handled by keeper Patrick Matasi. However, they were dealt a major blow when Abdallah Juma opened the scores with a freekick from 30 yards out.
Keeper Lucas Indeche would take full blame for the goal after he let the ball slip right between his hands when he was well placed to make an easy pick.
The goal fired up Leopards as they increased their attacking pace and Allan Wanga almost made it 2-0 minutes later when he fully stretched to get to the end of a Peter Opiyo pass but keeper Indeche collected it.
Wanga, who was having a great game, had another decent effort go over the bar after he played a good one-two with Paul Were. However, there was no stopping him this time round as he made an easy conversion from six yards out.
Wanga had gotten to the end of a move he had initiated himself, exchanging swift passes with Edward Seda. Wanga lifted the ball over Indeche after he had initially raised his hands up for a penalty after Vincent Nyaberi had handled the ball from Seda’s cross.
Leopards would however slump towards the end of the half and they paid for it with David King’atua scoring from a free-kick. Keeper Matasi would also take full responsibility for the goal, also with another howler that let the seemingly harmless free-kick in.
Ingwe came back into the second half roaring and just nine minutes from the restart, Abdallah Juma completed his brace with a superb curling free-kick that Lucas Indeche would only watch as it vehemently shook the net.
Leopards continued to dictate the pace of the game and they stringed passes comfortably getting more confidence as the game progressed.
Former Administration Police striker Michael Khamati made his debut coming in for Allan Wanga. He never disappointed as barely 10 minutes into his debut, he stretched Leopards lead with a superb curling effort that found the top left corner after Paul Were had passed the ball to him from a counter.
Thika tried hard to cut the deficit but they were unsuccessful. David King’atua was always dangerous on the dead balls and he had one saved for a corner by Matasi while another hit the crossbar.
This is Luc Eymael’s third victory since taking over the reigns at AFC Leopards and it gives him and the team confidence. Thika will now have more to worry about as the league leaders have gone for five matches without a win.