Stima sting Leopards, Nzoia gun down Ulinzi

AFC Leopards mini revival ended by Western Stima at Nyayo, Sofapaka draw with Muhoroni as Nzoia Sugar fell fancied Ulinzi Stars even as league top scorer Stephen Waruru strikes again in Saturday matches.

Sofapaka 1-1 Muhoroni Youth (Nyayo Stadium)

Sofapaka were first on the score sheet, with midfielder Ezekiel Okare, who had been introduced as replacement for Morvin Otinya, successfully converting a penalty in the 59th minute after Michael Oduor had been brought down inside the box.

Muhoroni Youth responded through midfielder Bliss Kityo who beat an onrushing Sofapaka goalkeeper Mathias Kigonya to level matters 10 minutes to the end.

AFC Leopards 0-1 Western Stima (Nyayo Stadium)

Former Ulinzi Stars striker Ezekiel Otuoma came through with the game’s decisive moment 18 minutes after kick off after making the most of a goal mouth melee to head past Ingwe custodian Gabriel Andika and cut short the Big Cats’ revival.

Chemelil Sugar 0-0 Thika United (Chemelil Sports Complex)

Thika United extended their unbeaten run to seven games with this result attained under a heavy downpour.

Kakamega Homeboyz 1-1 Mathare United (Mumias Sports Complex)

It was yet another disappointing night for Mathare United who are winless in their last nine outings.

Chris Ochieng broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute for the slum boys. Ochieng outpaced Homeboyz’ defender Moses Chikati before guiding his shot onto the top right corner of the net.

Homeboyz were awarded a penalty in the 88th minute after Andrew Juma handled the ball inside the box, and striker Wycliffe Ochomo stepped up to restore parity with the spot kick.

Ulinzi Stars 1-2 Nzoia Sugar (Afraha Stadium)

After several unsuccessful attempts, Luke Namanda finally found his scoring boot in the 47th minute when he drilled home a palm-stinging shot that caught Ulinzi goalkeeper James Saruni unawares.

Inspired by this goal, Nzoia Sugar intensified pressure upfront and in the 66th minute, Masita Masuta superbly controlled a long range pass and sidestepped one of the Ulinzi defenders before firing into the roof of the net to double his team’s lead.

The soldiers pulled a goal back two minutes before Kitale-based referee David Mulongo blew the final whistle through league top scorer Stephen Waruru, who pounced on a loose ball inside the box and swept it home for his 11th of the season in this competition.


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