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Thika blank AFC Leopards

Second half goals by Moses Arita and Kennedy Otieno handed coach Nick Yakhama his first defeat since he took over as AFC Leopards lost 2-0 to Thika United in Mumias on Sunday.

Arita scored on 55 minutes before Otieno stepped off the bench to seal the points with a powerful shot two minutes from time to give Thika its first win over Leopards in five matches.

Playing in Mumias as part of its obligations to its sponsor, leopards were decidedly second best with Moses Arita denied by goalkeeper Barnabas Tiema early on.

Their only effort at goal in the first half was wasted by Ramadhan Shaban who blazed over after an Emmanuel Tostao knock down.

Arita then put Kepha Aswani through on goal but Tiema pulled off a stunning save with his feet and the Attacking midfielder fired the rebound over the bar.

Thika continued their dominance in the second half with Peter Opiyo shooting wide on 47 minutes after advancing into the box.

Yusuf Onyango then made ground down the left on 52 minutes but Arita was unable to convert his inviting low cross.

The goal came three minutes later and Onyango was again heavily involving finding Arita with a long cross. The striker beat his marker and then escaped the attentions of Dimonde Selenga before squeezing the ball home at the far post.

Content to sit and play on the counter Thika continued to create the better chances with Tiema saving Michael Bodo’s shot on 57 minutes with Arita’s follow up deflected out for a corner.

Leopards thought they had equalised on the hour mark but Tostao’s goal was ruled out for offside.

Selenga’s shot on the turn was gathered by David Okello at the second attempt on 62 minutes.

The winners threatened again 12 minutes from time with Francis Kahata hitting the side netting. The youngster had another go on 84 minutes but Tiema tipped the ball out for a corner.

They sealed the points two minutes from time when Otieno sped away down the left before unleashing ferocious shot that beat Tiema at his near post.


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