Wazito stun AFC Leopards to boost survival chances
Wazito beat AFC 2-1 in KPL
David Oswe’s stunning strike two minutes from time handed Wazito a shock victory over AFC Leopards as the relegation fighting side came from a goal down to beat Ingwe 2-1 in Machakos.
Alex Orotomal had given AFC an early lead, but a hard fighting Wazito fought back with former Mathare United man Derrick Onyango equalizing before Oswe scored the winner late on. The victory took Wazito to 27 points, one behind Chemelil Sugar who were beaten 2-0 by Tusker FC at the Ruaraka Complex.
With six matches left, Wazito will now fight to get to the safe zone, 15th place, now occupied by Vihiga United who have 30 points.
Thika United’s goose seems to be already cooked as they slumped to their sixth consecutive defeat, going down 3-0 to Kariobangi Sharks in the early kick off in Machakos.
George Abege’s second minute goal, Duke Abuya’s finish six minutes from time and Eric Kapaito’s penalty at the stroke of full time saw Thika go down to another defeat which now sees them pull 10 points away from safety. Last season, they survived the chop by a whisker after beating Uhsuru 1-0 in the play-off.
Thika found themselves chasing the game in the second minute when Ugandan forward George Abege headed home a Moses Mwangi cross from the right. They should have gone level after 12 minutes when Hajji Mwachoki sent youngster James Kinyanjui through, but the latter’s low effort inside the box was parried away by Sharks keeper Gad Mathew.
They almost paid for that miss in the 18th minute when a poorly defended freekick from Bolton Omwenga, but Duke Abuya could not burry the ball home from close range with Allan Owiny saving.
Thika did not show signs of being cowed despite going down and Mwachoki struck a 25th minute shot from range after intercepting a Pascal Ogweno pass, but the shot went wide.
Mwachoki, despite his advanced years showed that he still got the quality stringing in passes and six minutes to half time he came gloriously close to drawing the side level but his left foot shot inside the box was acrobatically tipped over the bar by Mathew.
In the second half, Sharks continued pushing. They wrapped up the game in the final 10 minutes, Abuya slotting the ball home after being sent through when Sharks won back possession.
Kapaito then sealed the deal with virtually the last kick of the game scoring from the spot after Dennis Matasi handled inside the box.