Leopards Topple Tusker, Mutamba Double Lifts Sofapaka

Mar 09 - by Erick Ochieng for SportPesa News

Posta Rangers coach John Kamau blasted his players for wasting open chances in their encounter with Kariobangi Sharks in Machakos that ended in a barren draw

SportPesa Premier League action between Sofapaka FC and Chemelil Sugar FC at Chemelil Sports Complex on March 9, 2019.PHOTO/ SOFAPAKA FC

  • At Awendo Green Stadium in Migori, Sony Sugar FC edged Mount Kenya United FC 1-0 to climb to seventh as the latter remained stuck at the basement of the table.
  • Mutamba was on the score sheet again in the 48th when he drilled in a loose ball set to him by Ugandan hit man Umar Kassumba to stretch their score to 3-0
  • Rangers coach John Kamau blasted his players for wasting open chances in their encounter with Sharks in Machakos

NAIROBI, Kenya- Ten-man AFC Leopards SC continued their ascent from the bottom of the SportPesa Premier League (SPL) table with a huge 2-1 victory over Tusker FC at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Saturday afternoon.

Earlier, Sofapaka FC moved into the top three with a hefty 3-0 crushing of hosts Chemelil Sugar FC at Chemelil Complex.

All eyes were however, in Machakos where Wayi Yeka and Vincent Oburu were on target in second half. 

MUST READ: Sofapaka Coach Baraza Hails Slim KCB Win, Pamzo Picks Positives

Leopards SC skinned Tusker 2-1 to pull further away from the relegation zone. Both sides earned a red card in the ill tempered match that saw Leopards rise to 14th on 16 points following their second successive SPL win in a row.

Tusker (22) who announced earlier in the week they were withdrawing from the 2019 SportPesa Shield to focus on reclaiming the SPL crown they last won in 2016 dropped down to eighth.

It is a result that places head coach Robert 'Lion' Matano, who won the 2012 title with the Brewers, under pressure.

The other  encounter  at Machakos pitting Posta Rangers FC against SportPesa Cup champions Kariobangi Sharks FC ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

MUST READ: Gor Mahia Dust Off Dey Blushes Ahead Of Crunch Zamalek Tie

At Awendo Green Stadium in Migori, Sony Sugar FC edged Mount Kenya United FC 1-0 to climb to seventh as the latter remained stuck at the basement of the table.

Second-placed Mathare United FC failed to go to the top of the table after battling to a barren draw against Western Stima FC at Moi International Sports Center Kasarani in Nairobi.

Piston Mutamba headed in a cross to give Sofapaka a 1-0 lead against Chemelil in the eighth minute. Team captain Stephen Waruru headed in the second goal in the 33rd, following a flick from Mutamba, to take their tally to 2-0 at half time.

Mutamba was on the score sheet again in the 48th when he drilled in a loose ball set to him by Ugandan hit man Umar Kassumba to stretch their score to 3-0.

MUST READ: Geoffrey Kamworor. This Is My Advise To My Younger Self

The victory saw Sofapaka (30) move to third on the log after 17 games while Chemelil (14) dipped to 15th. 

Rangers coach John Kamau blasted his players for wasting open chances in their encounter with Sharks in Machakos.

“As you know, I took over the club when the season had already started. I’m not impressed with the team, I will make necessary changes during the transfer windo,” Kamau complained in his post match interview.

His opposite number, William Muluya also blamed his trainer for the slow pace of Sharks players on the pitch.

MUST READ: Serena Williams Powers Past Azarenka Into Indian Wells Third Round

“Our game did not flow as I had expected, probably the players are fatigued due to the packed fixtures. Harrison Mwendwa could have given us a goal but he is yet to hit top form after the injury.

“Patillah Omotto is also coming from injury so he will take time to be fit. We are also going to miss Sven Yidah who will be out after accumulating five yellow cards,” Muluya underscored.

Rangers (16) moved to 13th while Sharks (26) climbed to sixth.