Leopards hammer Nakumatt
Substitute Marcelus Ingotse and Mungai Kiongera struck two goals in three minutes late in the second half, adding on to Gilbert Fiamenyo’s first half header as AFC Leopards began the season with a 3-0 win over Nakumatt.
The league newcomers had been piling pressure on Leopards for an equalizer, but the two late goals blew them off as Ingwe picked up a win on the first match day for the first time in eight seasons.
“We played comprehensively well today though early on we couldn’t take our chances. Getting the win on the first day, something that has not happened in the past is great for our confidence,” AFC coach Stewart Hall said after the match.
Nakumatt remains winless and have not scored a goal in their first ever season in top flight but their coach Giovanni Troiani was gracious in defeat.
“We played well, but today, AFC Leopards played better than us. We did everything correctly but we were not very lucky. They ran more than us and they took their chances,” the Italian coach said.
After mostly a silent first half that left the two sides to a tactical battle, Ghanaian Fiamenyo opened the scoring in the 44th minute with a diving header from a Robinson Kamura freekick from the right.
Before the goal, Sammy Okinda, the Nakumatt keeper had twice been tested, producing two good saves to deny Duncan Otieno and Bernard Mang’oli.
In the second half Kiongera almost got the second for AFC with a diving header from a Marcus Abwao cross, but he hit the bar. Nakumatt turned the pressure on AFC, seeking for the equalizer with Ian Otieno being forced to punch away a shot from Ingwe old boy Kepha Aswani.
Nakumatt’s hope of at least a point from the match were punctured with the two late goals. Kiongera’s stunning volley two minutes after Ingotsi had made it 2-0 virtually extinguished all hopes for the league new comers.