Zoo Kericho 0-0 AFC Leopards: Ten-man Ingwe drop vital points in Kericho
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The start of captain Duncan Otieno and Victor Majid for Leopards meant the side had resorted to a cautious approach

AFC Leopards and Zoo Kericho settled for a barren draw in a Kenyan Premier League match played at Kericho Green Stadium on Wednesday.

The last time the two teams faced each other was at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos, where against all odds, the Kericho-based side claimed a point after forcing a 2-2 draw.

This was the third time the two teams were facing each other, and just the second time they were playing at the Green Stadium, Kericho. Interestingly, none of the sides had initially failed to score.

Pressure was on the visitors considering the fact that their bitter rivals Gor Mahia had opened a fifteen-point gap following their 5-0 win against Posta Rangers on Tuesday. 

The start of captain Duncan Otieno and Victor Majid for Leopards meant they had resorted to a cautious approach against the fast Zoo players, with Jaffari Owiti and Brian Marita providing the much needed pace from the wings.

Tormentor in chief Michael Madoya was given a start with Dominic Kiprono playing at the right. The hosts started the match well, trying to get their opponents on the break, but Bernard Odhiambo, Michael Madoya and Geoffrey Gichana unable to put the ball in the back of the net.

Ingwe had limited opportunities, but even the few that came their way were not taken by Ezekiel Odera, Marvin Omondi and Moses Mburu. The Rodolfo Zapata coached side came in stronger after the break and in the 46th minute, an Owiti strike struck Johnson Ligare hand but the referee waved play on amid penalty shouts by Ingwe players.

It turned out to be a match full of action; Danson Chitambe collected a good ball from twenty-five yards, and his well struck shot was turned over the cross bar by the vigilant Ezekiel Owade.

A few minutes later, it was the hosts, who threatened again, this time round with Dominic Kiprono. He was fed the ball well on the right, cut in and tried to squeeze the ball in the near post, unfortunately it went wide.

Those were warning signs for the twelve time champions; with thirty minutes to go, Robinson Kamura found Whyvonne Isuza on space, the latter played it wide to Marita, who brought in a good cross but it was not finished off.

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Moments later, Salim Abdalla committed a foul on the edge of eighteen-yard area, it was perfectly taken by Isaac Kipyegon, but Shittu was at the right place to put the ball to safety.

The confident Zoo continued pressing, with Madoya trying from 25 yards, Owade parried it but the follow up by Odhiambo Bernard mattered less as he was flagged offside.

Leopards finished the game with ten men after Marvin Omondi was red carded for elbowing an opponent, but that had less impact as the match ended 0-0.

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