Tusker corner wandering Leopards

Saturday April 21 2012

AFC leopards captain Martin Imbalambala together Edwin Wafula sandwich Tusker's Brian Mandela in the Kenya premier league match played at Mbaraki sports ground on April 21, 2012. AFC lost the match to Tusker by 2-0. Photo/LABAN WALLOGA

AFC leopards captain Martin Imbalambala together Edwin Wafula sandwich Tusker's Brian Mandela in the Kenya premier league match played at Mbaraki sports ground on April 21, 2012. AFC lost the match to Tusker by 2-0. Photo/LABAN WALLOGA 

By SUNDAY NATION TEAM [email protected]

AFC Leopards remarkable 23-match unbeaten run shuddered to halt at their unfamiliar “home” ground of Mombasa in the hands of champions Tusker as Ulinzi Stars edged out Gor Mahia in Nakuru.

AFC Leopards 0 Tusker 2

League leaders AFC Leopards suffered their first Kenya Premier League (KPL) defeat when Tusker deservedly beat them 2-0 at Mbaraki Sports Club in Mombasa.

Leopards’ supporters, who expected their team to register their first league win against Tusker since 1998, left disappointed after their team was outplayed.

However, Leopards made a good start and could have taken the lead in the fourth minute when Allan Wanga sent a powerful drive that hit the side netting with supporters jumping for jubilation thinking it was a goal.

Four minutes later, it was Tusker’s turn to miss the target as Joseph Shikokoti free kick went wide.

In the 16th minute, Kenneth Wendo and Paul Were combined well but Joseph Emeka who had only the goalkeeper at his mercy sent a slow shot and a grateful Patrick Matasi collected.

In the second half, Tusker continued to dominate and it was no surprise when they took the lead in the 50th minute.

A corner by Peter Opiyo found Brian Mandela who sent a header that defender Jonas Nahimana deflected into his own net.

Tusker ensure victory in the 83rd minute. A thrown in by substitute Luke Ochieng saw Leopards’ Matasia sending the ball into his own net in futile attempt to keep the ball out.

Ulinzi Stars 1 Gor Mahia 0

Gor Mahia were gunned down 1–0 by Ulinzi Stars in a balanced match at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru.

The soldiers, who dedicated the win to their newly wed striker Anthony Nderitu, scored their all-important goal in the 43rd minute through forward Stephen Waruru.

Referee Sylvester Kirwa awarded the soldiers a direct free kick at the edge of the box after Lawrence ‘Madillu” Owino was fouled.

Taking the resultant free kick, international Waruru curved in a sizzling shot into the far corner of the net past Gor goalkeeper Fred Onyango.

“This is my first goal of the season and this is the moment I have been waiting to come and since we were unable to attend Anthony’s wedding, this goal serves as our gift to him,” said Waruru after the match.

In the 70th minute Gor were denied what appeared a genuine penalty but referee Sylvester Kirwa waved play on as Gor players protested.

At City Stadium, Karuturi Sports beat KCB 2-1 in an early afternoon tie.

Allan Otindo scored the two goals for KCB, separated by a Clifford Alwanga strike.

In the second match at the same venue Mathare United battled with 10 men to draw 0-0 with Western Stima.

Newcomers Oserian and Muhoroni Youth played out a scoreless draw in a balanced affair at Oserian. At Gusii, Sony Sugar swamped Rangers 3-1

- Reports by Abdulrahman Sheriff Francis Mureithi and Charles Nyende