Kariobangi Sharks v Leopards Match Report, 15/01/2022

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Moi International Sports Centre
Kariobangi Sharks 3-1 AFC Leopards: Ingwe's honeymoon ended by Muluya's charges
17:54 EAT 15/01/2022
Eugene Mukangula of AFC Leopards
The hosts came from a goal down to grab maximum points at the expense of the 13-time champions

Kariobangi Sharks ended AFC Leopards' unbeaten run in the Football Kenya Federation Premier League by defeating them 3-1 at Kasarani Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Eugene Mukangula gave the visitors an early lead, but their hosts replied through Jullius Masaba, Felix Ochieng, and Eric Mmata.

After going for six matches without tasting defeat, the 13-time champions faced another test to get past the William Muluya-led charges who have had a better campaign.

Ingwe started the match on a high and they were rewarded in the 15th minute when Mukangula received a good pass just outside the area and smashed the ball past the goalkeeper. It was a rocket that gave the custodian no chance and handed his charges the lead.

However, the advantage lasted for just six minutes as the hosts pulled level. Poor defending allowed Masaba to equalize and ensure the teams went to the half-time break level.

Things got worse for the former champions in the 67th minute. Fortune Omoto managed to dance past the defenders before teeing up Oluoch who did not hesitate to beat Levis Opiyo at his near-post. 

The conditions at Kasarani were not friendly for the players, owing to the heavy rain witnessed on the pitch. That played a role in the Sharks' third goal.

A seemingly harmless cross from the left slipped through Opiyo's hands, and the waiting Mmata had no problem finding the back of the net to make it three for his team.

Meanwhile, Mathare United's woes continued as they fell 2-1 to Kenya Police.

The Slum Boys took the lead after 29 minutes courtesy of Danson Kago. But the league debutants levelled in the 50th minute through Duke Abuya before Clifton Miheso struck the winner from the penalty spot in the 64th minute.

Sharks XI: Brandon Obiero, Samuel Olwande, Boniface Onyango, Frederic Alushula, Alphonce Omija, Julius Masaba, Patillah Omoto, Douglas Mokaya, Fortune Omoto, Eric Mmata, Felix Oluoch. 

Substitutes: Brian Olang'o, Ken Kyalo, Issa Lumumba, Enock Wanyama, Geoffrey Onyango, Stephen Otieno, Isaac Wasambo, Reagan Odede, Henry Juma.   

Leopards XI: Levis Opiyo, Peter Thiong'o, Washington Munene, Kayci Odhiambo, Joachim Oluoch, Marvin Nabwire, Daniel Musamali, Eugene Mukangula, Brian Wanyama, Maxwell Otieno, Kingsley Olaniyi 

Substitutes: Maxwell Mulili, Giovanni Lukhumwa, Eric Mbithi, Prince Ayieko, Boniface Mukhekhe, Njite Zachary.