AFC Leopards missed two penalties but still managed to edge a spirited 10-man Wazito FC in a Kenyan Premier League midweek catch up clash at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos Wednesday (14) afternoon.
Wazito, who had Kennedy Ayako sent off after the second half resumption, felt undone by that decision as well as two penalties which their goalkeeper Philip Odhiambo parried to safety.
Frank Ouna’s side grabbed the opener against the run of play when Pistone Mutamba headed home. Leopards were given the first of their two penalties just moments after but Ezekiel Odera saw his effort towards the bottom right corner well beaten away by Odhiambo.
The experienced striker however would grab the leveller with an overhead kick that squirmed into the bottom corner for a one-all half time result.
Leopards grabbed the lead 7 minutes into the second half when Wyvonne Issuza nodded home a peach of a cross from Marvin Omondi’s left feet.
The lead barely lasted though as Ingwe, who had poured forward in search of a lead, were caught on the break with substitute Joe Wathira breaking from midfield before laying it on the platter for Mutamba who slotted home his second of the match for a 2-2 scoreline.
The game became even more dramatic when Wazito’s Ayako was given a second booking for hacking down Mburu in the box, prompting the referee to award the hosts a second penalty. Forward stepped Victor Majid who aimed at the middle of the post, exactly where Odhiambo was with the keeper making a save.
Leopards however would get the winner as they mounted the pressure, Issuza planting home after being teed up by Jaffery Owiti.
Odera almost grabbed his second but keeper Odhiambo got the better of a one on one situation.
Wazito, who had former Ingwe midfielder Nyakha impressing in the midfield, were left with a bitter taste on their tongues as they keep looking for their second win of the season.
Leopards meanwhile sit pretty in second spot with 13 points, three behind leaders Gor Mahia.