Viden Ochieng and Charles Thuku @PeopleSports11
Brian Marita was Leopards toast when he notched in the solitary goal as Ingwe stunned Sofapaka 1-0 in a SportPesa Premier League match at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos yesterday. The result effectively ended Sofapaka’s coach John Baraza’s five-match winning streak for the 2009 champions.
Marita struck with only six minutes left on the clock when his tantalising shot found Sofapaka goalkeeper Mathias Kigonya on the wrong foot.
However, it was Sofapaka who sent signals of scoring early in the match and were unlucky in the eighth minute when Stephen Waruru missed a sitter after a free kick that was floated by Rodgers Aloro.
Four minutes later, Waruru was set up by Umaru Kasumba but watched in disbelief as Ezekiel Owade between Leopards posts gathered his effort.
On the other end, Leopards’ Jaffery Owiti could not make use of an in-swinging ball from Marita during which time Sofapaka defenders Elly Asieche and Aloro were grounded.
In the 47thn minute Whyvonne Isuza nearly put the ball at the back of the net but was contained by Aloro moments after Kasumba had skied his effort in a one-on-one situation with Owade.
Sofapaka also had their chances in the dying minutes, the most notable falling on second half substitute Ezekiel Okare who delayed to pull the trigger after side-stepping Dennis Sikhayi and Abdalla Salim in Leopards backline.
Meanwhile, table-topping Gor Mahia underlined their dominance in local football with an emphatic 4-0 win over Wazito in a lop sided match at Moi Stadium in Kisumu.
On-form Meddie Kagere, fresh from bagging the Golden Boot at the SportPesa Super Cup, struck just two minutes into the clash, the Rwandan making the most of an Innocent Wafula delivery from the right flank.
Wazito, the hosts of the match and known to pass the ball around, almost responded immediately but Kennedy Ayako’s effort went just wide doing little to trouble Boniface Oluoch in goal for Gor.
Rare starter Boniface Omondi made it 2-0 after 28 minutes when a rebuffed Jacques Tuyisenge attack sprayed the ball in his path. The diminutive forward left Isaac Otieno for dead before firing into the top right corner for the second goal. Coach Frank Ouna then withdrew Njeru Anthony for former Gor player Erick Ochieng while Humphrey Mieno paved way for Benard Ondiek due to injury before the breather.
Wazito began the second half on a high, neatly threading short passes in the midfield and one such instance would end with David Osewe’s powerful drive going just over the bar in the 48th minute.