Monday 13 August 2012

Kenya Premier League AFC Leopards demolish Thika United to maintain lead.

By Fred Maingi in Nairobi

League   leaders  AFC Leopards   ran  riot  thrashing
hapless  Thika  United  5-0 in a league match played   at the  Nyayo
national stadium on Sunday afternoon to open  up a  strong  eight
point gap over closest  challengers Tusker FC .

In  other matches,visiting Rangers  FC  continued with  their
rebuilding efforts  by piping the Karuturi Sports  1-0 in their own
backyard to pick all the three  crucial points .Erick Muranda scored
the all important goal in the 74th minute after combining well  with
Baldwin Ngwa..

At  the  Afraha stadium  in Nakuru, Ulinzi  Stars  gunned down Nairobi
City Stars 2-1.Anthony Nderitu converted a spot kick  in the 18th
minute while Josiah Okello added  a second in the 62nd minute .Bruno
Sserenkuma stuck in between in the 27th minute to give Stars  a
consolation.In another match played at the Gusii stadium, Zedekiah
‘Zico’ Otieno’s Sony sugar milled Muhoroni Youth 1-0 with forward
Ismael Dunga notching in the all important goal in the 30th minute.

 At the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi,the  sharp clawed  AFC
Leopard made minced meat of the opposition  with veteran  midfielder
Charles  Okwemba  grabbing  a hat trick,substitute Laurent Tumba added
 another in the 88th minute and  an own goal from  Thika’s defender
Simon Mbugua.

 Okwemba  inspired  his side netting in the  15th,   41st and 82nd
minute while  Simon Mbugua in a desperate  attempt  to clear  a goal
bound  cross  from Allan  Wanga ended up scoring  in his own  net
.Okwemba who was named man of the match grabbed   his first goal  when
he  nodded into the   net  a Bernard Mang’oli  corner kick
Leopards continued to show  their   dominance launching endless  waves
of attacks. In the   41st  minute  striker Mike Barasa  turned the
provider  floating a corner kick  from the  right  flank  which
Okwemba  once again converted  catching  Thika’s keeper  Lucas
Indeche  flat footed.

Striker Allan Wanga squandered numerous scoring opportunities which
had come  his way. The  centre forward  came close in the  18th minute
 when he  made  a penetrating run from the right  flank  to release a
rasping low shot which went inches wide. He   was to come close again
in the 36th minute but his volley from the box  went above the  cross

Leopards clearly outclassed their opponents with midfield dynamo
Bernard Mangoli and skipper  Martin Imbalamaba   pulling the strings
in midfield.

Ingwe’s  keeper  Patrick Matasi  was  hugely  untroubled and the only
real threat came in the  38th minute through  Thika’ centre forward
but Arita’s  header  went  narrowly   wide.
The visiting milk men played a disjointed game   and were not their
self and the score line could have been more embarrassi

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