KCB claw AFC Leopards 1-0
Sunday witnessed another stunning result as AFC Leopards succumbed at home to an ever improving KCB at the City stadium. The loss to Ingwe came a day after other KPL giants Sofapaka and Gor Mahia went down 0-2 and 0-1 to Rangers Fc and City Stars respectively at the same venue.
AFC will live to blame themselves for ruined open chances including a last gasp opportunity in the 92nd minute that saw Demonde Selenga blast direct to the body of a fully stretched Caleb Adola in the KCB goal.
Matano took a different approach in the match resting Itubu Imbem and starting Demonde Selenga in the offensive midfield. When he came in as a substitute in the second half, Itubu Imbem was played on the flanks other than his normal central forward position.
Laurent Tumba had a casual day throwing away a clean chance in the 20th minute when he received a perfect cross from Demonde Selenga but his slow reaction allowed the ball through way between his legs in an opportunity easier to score than to miss.
International midfielder Abraham Cokie almost opened the scores for AFC in the 25th minute but his well executed curl from a free kick at the edge went inches wide.
In the second half, a series of blind passes and lack of cohesiveness in the midfield cost AFC leopards a flowing game as KCB looked well organized at the centre.
Matano threw in Itubu Imbem and Evans Wandera in the second half but this did not make any meaningful difference as KCB remained solid in defense to cut out the attacks.
KCB ‘s goal was scored by Michael Oyando in the 68th minute from a free kick 25 meters off the goal.Oyando sent home a dipping screamer that dropped right under the nose of Barnabas Tiema.
A long throw from substitute martin Imbalambala almost caused damage to KCB but Evans Wandera’s header was slightly off target.
It could have been 2-0 in favor of KCB had Hussein Puzzo slotted home in the 88th minute.Puzzo alone with Tiema with the entire defense rooted in protest of offside failed to beat Tiema and his weak chip over was easily dealt with.
A counter attack immediately after almost leveled the scores but poor execution and over dribbling by Demonde Selenga ruined the last minute chance for AFC.
Keeper Caleb Adola had himself booked for malicious time wasting when he repeatedly untied his shoe laces to quell the pressure mounted by AFC.The tactical approach eventually paid off as AFC remained frustrated with quick reactions that failed to build up.
“This was not our day at all. We did not utilize our chances and am starting to get a little bit worried about our finishing. It is very blunt of late.” Said AFC Leopards Coach Matano Robert.
The loss is the second consecutive disappointing outing for AFC Leopards after going down 0-1 at the Bukhungu stadium against Western Stima last week on Sunday.