By Fred Maingi in NairobiKenya premier League(KPL) leaders AFC leopards suffered a
devastating 2-0 loss in the hands of stubborn Kenya Commercial
Bank(KCB) in a thrilling tie marked with heavy drizzles at the Nyayo
National Stadium on Sunday,August 26.
The loss meant that Leopards dreams of opening a seven point at the
top of the league was put on hold.
The bankers frustrated Leopards for the better part of the second
half after two goals from Peter Wainaina and Paul Mungai Kiongera in
the first half had given the bankers ahead start.
In the other match of the day,Thika United were made to struggle
before edging out Karuturi Fc with a solitary goal at Thika Municipal
Clifton Miheso scored the all important goal in the 85th minute to
sink the visitors hopes of sharing the spoils.
Apparently, it was a bad day in office for AFC Leopards who squandered
several clear chances with the biggest culprits being Mike
Barasa,Edwin Wafula, and Victor Ochieng.
Leopards forced 12 corner’s against their opponents three. They had
a goal disallowed in the dying minutes.
Leopards who were missing central defender Eric Masika and centre
forward Allan Wanga were clearly shaky in the last third of the pitch
Leopards spanned two chances which came their way when striker
Mike Barasa saw his effort parried by the bankers custodian
Kaleb Adola .Right back Edwin Wafula also came close in the 3oth
minute making dashing run on the right flank to release a rasping
shot which went off target.
Even after the breather, Leopards could not master the skills to break
the stubborn bankers.Leopards coach Jan Koops made changess resting
Bernard Mang’oli,Victor Ochieng and Burundi International Floribert
Nyayisaba and in a bid to inject more creativity in his midfield, he
brought in Jimmy Bageya,Laurent Tumba and Ammon Muchiri but the
new blood injected could do little to salvage a point.
By the last quarter of the game it was Leopards who laid siege at
their opponents forcing corner after another with KCB players
resorting to wasting ti