AFC Leopards youth product Marcellus Ingotsi came off the bench to score the solitary winning goal as they overcame hosts Bandari FC 1-0 at the Mbaraki Stadium, Saturday afternoon.
Leopards made the long journey down coast with hopes of bringing to an end a 10-game winless run in the league as they faced a Bandari side who had made themselves ready to claim another scalp having collected stunning victories over topdogs Tusker FC and Gor Mahia, the latter who they bundled out of the GOtv Shield, prior to this battle.
The game barely provided any fireworks as both teams created half chances until Ingotsi, who replaced Aziz Okaka at the hour mark, struck his second league goal of the season.
It marked a winning return for Robert Matano, the new man in Leopards' dugout. The victory however came at a cost as midfielder Victor Majid was rushed to hospital during the first half.
Leopards' last league victory was on April 24 away to Thika United who they best 2-1.
Meanwhile former champions Mathare United remained bottom of the log after they were held to a barren draw by visiting Sony Sugar at Ruaraka Grounds.
In a high-paced battle, neither teams threatened to break the deadlock as they neutralized each other stride for stride.
Sony were given a slight advantage late on to take the lead when Mathare keeper Levis Opiyo was shown a straight red card for dangerous play but there wasn't enough time for the visitors to give substitute keeper Wycliffe Kasaya a firm test.
Ulinzi Stars will close the weekend top of the log after fullback Omar Mbongi bequeathed them with the winner against Nakumatt FC.
Kariobangi Sharks were held to a barren result by visiting Kakamega Homeboyz, and so was Thika United who shared a point with Sofapaka.