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Thika United 2-1 AFC Leopards: Ingwe extends winless run

Ingwe came into the match looking for their first league win in five matches, and it looked a reality as early as the 11th min

 

AFC Leopards extended their winless run in Kenyan Premier League to six matches after going down 2-1 to Thika United on Saturday.

Allan Kateregga and Lamine Diallo were missing from the squad for alleged disciplinary issues, with coach Ivan Minnaert hoping his side could bounce back from their poor run.

Ingwe came into the match looking for their first league win in five matches, and it looked a reality as early as the eleventh minute when Kepha Aswani initiated an attacking move, and came to finish off Simon Abuko's pass.

The joy was however, short lived as ten minutes later, Samuel Mwanje finished off Shami Kibwana's pass, by firing a fierce shot past helpless Lukas Indeche. Ingwe was pushed to make an early change as Andrew Tololwa went out limping, with Hedmond Mauda taking his position.

In the 28th minute, Collins Okumu almost scored an own goal as he attempted to clear the ball, but he was fortunate to see the ball roll out for a fruitless corner. Lack of depth in the technical bench and poor mentality was badly exposed in Ingwe's squad, with Thika United growing in confidence.

The winning goal came in the 70th minute, as Eugene Mukangula capitalized on suspect defending by AFC Leopards, to put it past Indeche. It could have been 3-1 in the 82nd minute when Thika United counter attacked well, only for the cross bar to deny Salim Mzee with the keeper well beaten.

Now Thika United have 14 points in position 12, while Ingwe drop to eighth with nineteen.