Hosts Karuturi hold Leopards

Sunday April 29 2012

AFC Leopards defender Eric Masika. Photo/FILE

AFC Leopards defender Eric Masika. Photo/FILE  

By ODINDO AYIEKO [email protected] and FRANCIS MUREITHI [email protected]

Eric Masika saved AFC Leopards from the jaws of defeat on Sunday, netting an equaliser against Karuturi Sports as the two sides shared the spoils on Sunday in Naivasha.

Masika headed home in the 49th minute as the league leaders, who struggled in the game, went home with a point.

Leopards Dutch coach, Jan Koops, was happy with a point after the 1-1 draw but once again was disappointed with his team’s general performance.

“At least we managed a point but I know we have so much work to do, especially in the defence and midfield,’’ he said.

Leopards found themselves chasing the game after the quarter hour mark when Benjamin Oketch put the flowermen ahead.

The goal was a wake-up call for Ingwe, who failed to win the midfield battle in the game.

Martin Imbalabala, the defensive cover in the Leopards’ midfield, struggled to cope with the speed of the game and the strikers were not getting the ball upfront.

Masika brings AFC at par

But when the league leaders got a corner four minutes after the break, Masika rose high above the rest to head home and push Ingwe further at the top.

Leopards, who lost 2-0 to champions Tusker last weekend, now have 27 points from 12 outings in the league.

At the Nyayo Stadium, Paul Kiogora netted a hat trick as Kenya Commercial Bank drubbed Oserian 3-0.

Kiogora netted KCB’s first goal in the 32nd minute of the game after the flowermen had held on for the better part of the half.

Kiogora was on the mark again two minutes later to put the bankers 2-0 ahead at the breather. Kiogora then added his third in the 89th minute for his side to bank all the points.