Coach Babu hails Sony for outfoxing Leopards
Sony Head Coach Salim Babu paid tribute to his side as their late Kenyan Premier League (KPL) upsurge continued with a 1-0 win over AFC Leopards at the Kericho Green Stadium.
Striker Yema Mwana’s strike from outside the 18-yard box in the 44th minute was all the visitors needed to complete a double over their wasteful opponents having won the first leg fixture by a similar scoreline in May.
“Leopards is not small team so to come here to get a win shows great fighting spirit from the lads. I want to praise my them because of late we have been posting impressive results in the league,” Babu told Citizen Digital.
Victory for Babu’s charges lifted them one place up the KPL log on 14th, two points ahead of 2008 champions Mathare United whose dreadful campaign showed no signs of rejuvenation as they lost 3-0 to Kariobangi Sharks at the Kasarani Stadium.
At the Ruaraka Stadium, Posta Rangers’ title ambitions suffered a dent as they were held to a goalless draw by bottom table side Muhoroni Youth as Stephen Owusu scored a late winner for Tusker later at the same venue to sink Zoo Kericho FC 2-1.
Midfielder Humphrey Mieno scored the opener in the 52nd minute before Kepha Ondati equalized for Zoo 20 minutes later. Owusu settled the tie nine minutes from time to give the champions their first win in three matches.
Elsewhere, Peter Nzuki hit an 89th minute strike to rescue a point for Nakumatt FC as they battled to a 2-2 draw with Thika United. Nakumatt’s Boniface Akenga had given the visitors the lead after 11 minutes before Mwinyi Shami Kibwana and Samuel Mwanje scored to put Thika on the driving seat.
Nzoia United bounced back from their 4-0 defeat to Gor Mahia FC with a 3-0 win over Bandari FC with goals from Lawrence Juma, Lawrence Juma and Luke Namanda delivering the goods for the home team.
In Kericho, Leopards were a pale shadow of the side that won 3-1 against Zoo over the weekend as they spurned chance after chance. It was a show of poor attacking football with Sony equally misfiring on the opposite end.
Mike Kibwage was guilty of wasting two gilt-edged chances in the 70th and 80th minutes, firing staright at keeper Kevin Omondi on both occasions. Teammate Ray Omondi – brilliant on Sunday – twice shot wide late on as Robert Matano’s charges endured a furitless evening.