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Bandari stop Sofapaka’s run, Leopards held

Saturday April 11 2009

Sofapaka’s James Situma (top) flies over Athuman Kibwana of Bandari during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Mombasa Municipal Stadium. Bandari won 1-0. Photo/GIDEON MAUNDU

Sofapaka’s James Situma (top) flies over Athuman Kibwana of Bandari during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Mombasa Municipal Stadium, on Saturday. Bandari won 1-0. Photo/GIDEON MAUNDU 

By SUNDAY NATION Team

Sofapaka’s wonderful run in their debut season came to a screeching halt when they lost in Mombasa while struggling champions Mathare United registered their fourth successive winless result in Kenyan Premier League action, on Saturday.

AFC Leopards 1 KCB 1

AFC Leopards came back from a missed penalty and a goal down to hold KCB to a 1-1 draw at Coca-Cola National Stadium.
KCB defender Gideon Oguda handled the ball in the box in the 29th minute to give the home side a penalty.

The chance to take the lead, however, went begging after Michael Njehia, in flashy orange boots, placed his shot on the upright to be scrambled out of play by the KCB defence. Leopards were made to rue the missed chance in the 75th minute when, against the run of play, second half KCB substitute Jacob Keli stole between the defense to emphatically guide his shot home.

All looked wrapped up for the bankers before Harambee Stars call-up Sebastian Muchera, from nothing, turned on the edge of the box to exquisitely guide his shot beyond the desperate hands of Daniel Oluoch nine minutes before time.

Bandari 1 Sofapaka 0

The visiting Sofapaka from Nairobi suffered their first league defeat going down 1-0 to Bandari in a hard-fought match at the Mombasa Municipal Stadium. Playing before their home fans, Bandari displayed team spirit and determination to come out victors, snatching the all important goal in the 38th minute through striker, Abdulwahab Musa who brilliantly headed home Mohamed Shukri’s cross.

Bandari’s Samuel Odera was red-carded by Nairobi based referee Isaac Ochieng in the 53rd minute for a second caution while Sofapaka’s Robson Dondo, who came in for Francis Chinjili, was sent off for deliberately kicking Bandari goalkeeper Abdul Swaleh and defender Mohamed Masoud.

Thika Utd 0 Mathare United 0

Thika United held league champions Mathare United to a barren draw at Thika Municipal Stadium. Mathare had the better possession but just could not breach the meanest defence in the league thus far that has only let in two goals.

Ulinzi Stars 0 Sony Sugar 0

Ulinzi Stars battled to a barren draw with visiting Sony Sugar at Afraha Stadium.

Tusker 1 Agro Chemicals 0

Fred Ajwang headed home a corner in the 65th minute to give Tusker a 1-0 win against Agro Chemicals at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Stima 1 Red Berets 0

Western Stima continued with their good run beating Red Berets 1-0 at Bukhungu stadium. Jack Mugaya rounded the keeper to place in the ball into an empty net 36 minutes on to settle the affair.

By Charles Nyende, Francis Mureithi and Abdulrahman Sheriff