AFC Leopards collect a point from Karuturi
Pre match favorites AFC Leopards squandered three open chances on Saturday to share points with their hosts Karuturi Sports in a KPL match played in Naivasha at the Karuturi Sports grounds.
Despite the draw, AFC Leopards for the first time this season boasts of a better placing on the KPL league table as they leap frog a frustrated Gor Mahia to the 6th spot with a better goal aggregate than their in-laws Gor Mahia who succumbed to a choking 1-0 loss to Bandari in Mombasa on the same day. Both teams have 37 points and have a date on Thursday 20th October in the FKL Cup semi finals.
AFC started the match on a pulled back formation studying their opponents’ character. Both teams played more of possessive soccer staying shy of each other’s goal mouth in the dull first period that lacked fireworks.
Come the second half, AFC switched gear to a more offensive attack mode creating dangerous chances but Karuturi keeper Noah Ayuko remained on top of the game to deny them penetration to the nest.
Baraza came close in the 54th minute when a long ball from Matasi found him well positioned but his final touch went above the bar. Three minutes Later, Oscar Kadenge had the best chance of the day cleared inches away from crossing the line after he beautifully rounded keeper Ayuko.
Coach Jans Koops Wepukhulu ejected the burly Francis Chinjili for the witty Bagaye but the change had less impact upfront with Karuturi maintaining a solid defensive wall to deny the rioting Leopard maximum points.
After the match, Karuturi Coach James Nandwa told Michezoafrika.com “ It was a game of lost chances, both teams played well and I must give AFC Leopards credit for pinning us down in the 2nd period. We wanted the win but it is too late to reverse time, we will stay content with the single point.” Said Nandwa.