By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster88)
AFC Leopards lost their fourth game in five league matches as Enosh Ochieng provided the final finish for Ulinzi Stars who rewarded their Nakuru home fans with a 2-1 win at the Afraha Stadium.
Earlier this week, Fourfourtwomedia revealed that the players were planning to continue with their standoff and on-field protests over unpaid allowances.
It looked like the script was well spelt out when Elvis Nandwa handed the Soldiers the lead within two minutes, the striker netting his 12th goal of the season.
Wyvonne Isuza twice fluffed his lines while in great position before Masita Masuta had a goal disallowed before hitting the bar at the half hour mark.
With the scores reading 1-0 at the break, Leopards netted the equalizer just five minutes after the restart through skipper Duncan Otieno.
Enosh replaced Masuta just four minutes after Otieno’s goal and was at the end of some fine chances which he failed to convert. He however made his presence on the pitch justifiable when he leaped high to head home a cross from Cliff Kasuti with just nine minutes of play left.
The result sees Leopards, who were well placed for a runners up spot just a fortnight ago, drop to sixth with 51 points, two behind Ulinzi who rise up to third with only one match available for both.
Meanwhile Leopards’ rivals Gor Mahia were handed the 2018 league trophy in Kisumu after a 2-2 draw against Mathare United. Kogalo players have themselves also been holding their own in house protests that has led to three successive defeats before this draw against the Slum Boys.