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Five-star Leopards crush Thika

A Charles Okwemba brace inspired AFC Leopards to a 5-0 whipping of Thika United in a Kenyan Premier League clash played at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.

The win pushed Leopards to 44 points; eight clear off second placed Tusker and edging them closer to a first league title since 1998.

In form Okwemba drew first blood for Ingwe heading home from close range from a corner to beat Thika's keeper Lucas Indeche in the 16th minute.

Defender Eric Masika increased the goal tally in the 41st minute as he chested the ball past Indeche from a Charles Okwemba assist to give Leopards a two gaol cushion just before the break.

The second half was not different despite the introduction of Thika United's top marksman Kepha Aswani as Leopards continued to torment the Thika defence with Allan Wanga and Mike Baraza in the thick of things as Indeche was forced to pull acrobatic saves.

Thika defender Simon Mbugua conceded an own goal in the 76th minute as he misjudged a cross from Allan Wanga sliding the ball into his own net to give Leopards the third goal as the Ingwe fans became ecstatic singing and dancing.

Okwemba completed his brace in the 86th minute as he placed the ball calmly past an advancing Lucas Indeche to give Leopards the fourth goal.

Substitute Laurent Tumba sealed the massive win for Leopards with a fine shot that beat Indeche in Thika's goal on the stroke of full time.

The loss was the second massive for Thika United having been beaten 4-1 by Sofapaka a week ago.


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