Zoo Kericho strike late to share spoils with AFC Leopards
Zoo Kericho scored late to deny AFC Leopards the win in a KPL match played at Machakos on Saturday
AFC Leopards let a 2-1 lead slip at the death to share the spoils with Zoo Kericho in a Kenyan Premier League match played at Machakos Stadium on Saturday 14th April.Ingwe were destined for the win after Odera and Isuza’s goals but poor defending allowed Ligare nip in a late equalizer.
During the match, Zoo suffered an early setback after keeper Vincent Misiku picked and injury following a collision and had to be replaced by Samuel Koko in the third minute.
Ingwe were the hungrier of the two sides and made the first foray with Ezekiel Odera doing well but his shot was cut out for a non-resultant corner.
Keeper Samuel Koko’s second job for Zoo ended in a penalty as he fouled a goal bound Brian Marita forcing the referee to point to the spot. Odera stepped up for the penalty and calmly beat the keeper to give Ingwe the lead in 27th minute and extend his goals tally to six this season.
Leopard’s lead however lasted five minutes as an unmarked Nicholas Kipkurui raced past his marker to equalize in the 32nd minute.
Zoo Kericho almost got another setback when keeper Koko collided with Odera as the latter tried to direct Jaffrey Owiti cross, but luckily, the keeper was able to continue with action.
The attacks by Ingwe continued with Ezekiel Odera heading Kamura’s free kick, Zoo defender Sabiri Sindani cleared then Odera had another go but his header was denied by the crossbar
The final Ingwe effort in the first period was by Jaffrey Odeny Owiti who failed to hit the net after a nice chested ball by Ezekiel Odera.
Minutes to the break, Zoo Kericho had a chance but Kepha Ondati’s shot hit the post with Ingwe keeper well beaten.
Immediately after the second half kickoff, Zoo Kericho coach Sammy Omollo tweaked his side by bringing on Geoffrey Gichana in place of Derrick Annami
Ingwe’s frail defending was exposed again but Micheal Madoya should have done better for Zoo in 56th minute as he shot off target with only keeper Jairus Adira to beat.
Robinson Kamura had the first second half effort for AFC with a well curved free kick but it went inches above the post.
Whyvonne Isuza then sent a feeble shot to Zoo keeper’s gloves that allowed the visitors launch an attack but a tight offside call saved AFC Leopards with the ball already put in the net by Micheal Madoya.
Whyvonne Isuza gave Ingwe the lead again with a well taken right footed shot to the far left after a good pass by Brian Marita in the 74th minute.
Coach Sammy Okoth made an immediate change by benching goal scorer Nicholas Kipkurui and introducing Dominic Kiprono to partner Mike Madoya in search of an equalizer while Ingwe tactician Dennis Kitambi also had Ezekiel Odera rested with Ezekiel Otuoma joining action.
Zoo Kericho's resilience in search of a leveller paid off as Johnson Ligare headed in a late free kick past Adira to hand them a precious point in the 90th minute.