AFC Leopards 3-2 Wazito: Ingwe cut Gor Mahia lead to three points
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Ingwe came from a goal down to register their third successive win under caretaker coach Dennis Kitambi

AFC Leopards cut Gor Mahia lead at the summit to within three points following a 3-2 victory over Wazito FC on Wednesday.

Ingwe came from a goal down to register their third successive win under caretaker coach; Dennis Kitambi, in a match that saw Wazito goalkeeper, Philip Odhiambo saved two penalties, but still could not help his side from tumbling.

The Tanzanian tactician has changed Leopards from the whipping boys to a serious title contender and it remains to be seen what move club management will pull next after they parted ways with head coach Robert Matano on Wednesday.

Whyvonne Isuza scored the match winning goal to rectify an early miss by the 12-time champions, who went down in the first half, via Piston Mutumba’s opening goal.

AFC Leopards blew away the first chance from 12 yards after Emmanuel Tienan had been judged to have brought down Ezekiel Odera inside his box. But Odera’s left foot strike from the penalty spot was saved by Odhiambo.

Mutamba, however, wasted no chance when he gave Wazito the lead in the 25th minute after the lanky forward rose above AFC Leopards defenders to head past a charging Jairus Adira. Wazito would then retreat back to their defence, making the work extremely hard for AFC Leopards to break them up.

Brian Marita came close to drawing things up with a cheeky back-heel, but a solid Wazito’s defence cleared the danger. Yussuf Mainge directed his 39th minute header on target, but custodian Odhiambo once again pulled another a clean save to keep off the throbbing attack from Leopards.

Odera made amends from his penalty miss with a 43rd minute orthodox kick equalizer after Wazito defence failed to contain the pressure. Ingwe started the move after gaining possession on their back line.

An attempt by Wazito to make a raid at AFC Leopards goal resulted in the visitors losing possession and Marita delivered a pass from the right flank that fell on Odera left foot.

The striker poked home an equalizer with an overhead strike into the far left post for a 1-1 scoreline at the break. Wazito stepped on the pitch from the break on a wrong foot. Kennedy Ayako picked a second yellow card after committing a foul on the opponents in the 48th minute.

Ingwe took advantage of the numerical advantage to go ahead just a minute later after Isuza headed home the second from a resultant free-kick.

The red card forced coach Ouna to pull out George Owito for Kennedy Wendo. The changes however, rejuvenated Wazito, who restored parity from a deadly counter attack, engineered by Joe Waithira.

Mutumba silenced AFC Leopards fans with his second goal of the day after he slotted the ball into the open net with Adira all but beaten from Waithira’s selfless pass from the counter-attack.

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AFC Leopards were once again denied from the spot by an keeper Odhiambo, who saved his second of the day, a rare fete in the KPL not achieved by any other goalkeeper this season. Odhiambo confirmed his initial save in the first half against Odera with another clear save to deny Victor Majid.

Isuza, however, made amends for AFC Leopards with a third in the 83rd minute to shoot Ingwe to second spot with his second goal of the day as Kitambi continued to count his success as the boss.

Wazito remained 14th on five points having only won once this campaign.

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