Whyvonne Isuza scored his 11th league goal of the season before he got himself sent off as AFC Leopards collected a second successive win, beating Mathare United 2-1 at Machakos Stadium, Sunday (22).
The attacking midfielder, playing against his former side, kept his calm from 12 yards to score a penalty at the half hour mark, although the foul on Jaffery Owiti that led to the penalty decision looked to have been committed outside the box.
Mathare however ensured parity just before the break, James Situma getting a rare goal after the Leopards defence failed to deal with a ball pinged into the box from a free-kick.
Isuza’s first booking came just before the interval and it would prove somehow costly when he received a second yellow in the 64th minute.
That was however after the 11-time champions had retaken the lead through Marvin Omondi. The youngster finished at far post after Owiti’s effort from Edward Seda’s pass was only slightly pushed by the keeper.
The Slum Boys would utilize their one man advantage as they had Ingwe on the backfoot but they just couldn’t get the equalizer.
In other matches, Sofapaka left it late to beat visiting Ulinzi Stars at the Narok Stadium.
In Awendo, hosts Sony Sugar continued their resurgence with a 3-1 victory over relegation-threatened Thika United.
Robert Mudenyu had the home side celebrating with an third minute opener and Enock Agwanda made it 2-0 from the spot midway into the first half.
Tobias Omondi made sure of the points with the third five minutes after the break. Dennis Lewa got Thika’s consolation goal with half an hour to play but the result never looked in doubt.
Sony looked like relegation candidates at the end of the first leg but this third victory on the bounce under new boss Peter Odhiambo lifts them up to 12th with 20 points, 10 clear of Thika and Wazito FC who both occupy the bottom spot tied on 20 points.
Talking of Wazito, they surprisingly picked a point away to Nzoia United, the match ending barren.
Zoo Cage Sharks
Also pulling a surprise were Zoo Kericho who beat Kariobangi Sharks 2-1 early morning at Camp Toyoyo Grounds despite playing the final 8 minutes with a man less.
Sindani Sabiri headed Zoo in front after 25 minutes but saw his goal canceled by Duke Abuya who hit Sharks’ equaliser just three minutes later.
With the scores tied 1-1 at the break, Zoo again pulled ahead as Mike Madoya nodded home a cross from Kepha Ondati just before the hour mark.
They would hang on this time round despite Ernest Kipkoech receiving a second booking 8 minutes to the end. This was Sharks’ third straight league defeat, leaving head coach William Muluya with a lot of homework to do if they are to address the collapse in form.
By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster 88)