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BY SAMSON MBII,20TH SEPT 2017-Burundian Alexis Kitenge and an own goal helps AFC Leopards bury Thika United in Thika, Tusker comprehensively beat Bandari in Mombasa as Muhoroni Youth stunned Nakumatt at the death to rescue a point in Wednesday’s matches.
AFC Leopards 2-0 Thika United (Thika Stadium)
Burundian striker Alexis Kitenge opened the scoring for Ingwe in 36 minutes with a terrific header that came off a long cross from defender Robinson Kamura.
It got worse for the home team when defender Christopher Oruchum made a terrible mistake in the 74th minute redirecting the ball into his own net, after goalkeeper Allan Owiny had palmed out a Duncan Otieno effort.
The result marked Leopards’ first win in three outings as they continue to rebuild under Robert Matano. Thika, under former Leopards star play Nicholas Muyoti, remained winless in their last five matches.
Bandari 0-3 Tusker (Mbaraki Sports Club)
Veteran striker Allan Wanga broke his four-month goal drought on 28 minutes after guiding home a pass from midfielder Jackson Macharia.
Boniface Muchiri earned the brewers a penalty in the 87th minute when he was brought down inside the penalty area by Bandari defender Anthony Wambani. Lanky midfielder Humphrey Mieno confidently stepped forward to send Bandari custodian Joseph Okoth the wrong way.
Two minutes later, Muchiri was in the thick of things again, this time providing the assist for Michael Khamati to score Tusker’s third goal that wrapped up a comprehensive win.
The recovering league champions have now won their last three fixtures.
Kariobangi Sharks 2-2 Posta Rangers (MISC)
Posta Rangers went one up in the 11th minute through Joseph Nyaga who made the most of a sloppy clearance by Kariobangi Sharks custodian Jeff Oyiemba.
Nyaga doubled Rangers’ lead with his second 15 minutes later after combining beautifully with John Nairuka as the visitors looked to run with this one.
But Sharks, like true predators their name suggests, fought back. Masoud Juma, who was returning from a one-match suspension, halved the deficit minutes to the break profiting handsomely from a moment of confusion from Rangers custodian Martin Musalia.
Juma then rescued a point for Sharks with his second nine minutes before time as they stretched their unbeaten run to six.
Muhoroni Youth 1-1 Nakumatt (Muhoroni Stadium)
Nakumatt scored, late, late in the match to dramatically grab a draw.It was a day that the retail traders fringe striker Kelvin Thiaru returned to the score sheets, his 19th minute goal giving the visitors an early edge in the match.
The hosts, however, benefited from a penalty inside in the fourth minutes of added time when forward Bliss Kityo was felled inside the box in full view of the referee leaving the centre official with no option.
Second half substitute Hassan Kiyoyi stepped forward and dispatched the spot kick home to literally steal away Muhoroni’s victory.