AFC Leopards ensured that they will participate in next season’s top eight tournament after beating Bandari 3-2 in a five goal thriller at Mbarak Stadium on Saturday.
The win ensured that Ingwe finished sixth position on the log with 41 points, 19 adrift of champions Gor Mahia. Bandari finished 13th on 30 points.
Charles Okwemba put AFC Leopards ahead in 32nd minute after slicing home a cross from Humphrey Mieno. Bandari then conceded an own goal through Mohammed Sharrif, who deflected to an empty after Noah Wafula had done the spadework.
Bandari pulled one back through Jimmy Bageya from the penalty spot after Edwin Wafula reckless chjallenge and the Ugandan put the dockers level on 2-2 from penalty spot after towering Joseph Shikokori had handled inside the box.
Humphrey Mieno then ensured that Ingwe returns to Nairobi with maximum points after he took advantage of a defensive lapse to stab home.
Ingwe coach Pieter De Jongh was a satisfied man after the result. “We needed to finish the league on a high and I am happy we have managed that. It was a game of two halves and when Bandari leveled at 2-2 I felt any team could win.”
Bandari coach Twahir Muhiddin rued the team’s missed chances insisting a draw could have been a fair result. “We did not deserve to lose. A draw could have been a good result compared efforts my players put in the fixture.”