AFC Leopards needed second half goals to sink Thika United 2-0 and end their winless run on Sunday.
Second half goals by Ezekiel Odera and Whyvonne Isuza gave coach Rodolfo Zapata his maiden KPL win since the Argentine took over the leadership at the Den.
Isuza gave Ingwe the lead at the stroke of the hour before former Thika United forward Odera punished his ex-employers with a second goal six minutes later to help AFC Leopards move to fifth on the log.
AFC Leopards had won a penalty after Baraka Badi committed a foul on Odera in the box and Isuza stepped forward to slot from the spot. Odera would later come to haunt his former side with Ingwe’s second of the day to end their eight match winless run.
But the match did not end without drama after AFC Leopards were reduced to ten men when Odera was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Despite being a man down, Zapata boys jealously guarded the lead to keep a first clean sheet in three games.
Thika United XI: Eliud Emase, Baraka Badi, Dennis Matasi, Kassim Mwinyi, Collins Okumu, Michael Mutinda, Dennis Odhiambo, Eugene Mukangula, Masakidi Mata, Shami Kibwana (72' Francis Muturi) James Orundu (55' James Kinyanjui).
Subs: Kevin Opiyo, Peter Okoth, Michael Odongo, Stephen Odhiambo, Sosthenes Idah
AFC Leopards XI: Ezekiel Owade, Dennis Sikhayi, Moses Mburu, Salim Abdallah, Robinson Kamura, Duncan Otieno, Marvin Omondi, Whyvonne Isuza (90' Victor Majid), Baker Lukooya (62' Brian Marita), Jaffari Odenyi, Ezekiel Omulo.
Subs: Jairus Adira, Mike Kibwage, Odenyi Aziz, Joseph Kuria and Yusuf Mainge.