By Gilbert Wandera
AFC Leopards failed to win for the second time in a row but will be glad with the point after being held to a 1-1 draw by Karuturi Sports in Naivasha.
After losing 2-0 last weekend to Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Tusker, Leopards were expecting to bounce back to winning ways and extending their lead at the top of the standings.
But with a huge contingent of fans behind them, Leopards fell to an early 16th minute goal from Benjamin Oketch, which threatened to spoil the party for the league leaders. Oketch scored with a brilliant free-kick that beat Patrick Matasi all the way in goal.
Eric Masika dropped from the national team Harambee Stars when the side was named last Friday, equalised for Leopards in the 49th minute heading home a Victor Ochiengâ free-kick.
After the goal, Karuturi coach Michael Nam was sent off to the stands for protesting a decision not to award his side what he deemed to have been a legitimate penalty.
In the 75th minute, Leopards coach Jaan Koops brought in Francis Chinjili and Amon Muchiri as his side pushed forward for the elusive winner but this did not yield any results.
At Nyayo National Stadium, KCB bounced back to winning ways after thrashing visiting Oserian 3-0.
Before this, the bankers who had a brilliant start in the season were struggling to win matches and before Sundayâs win had won one match in seven matches.
Paul Mungai Kiongera was the man of the match for the bankers after he claimed the second hat-trick in the KPL. Kiongera scored first in the 34th minute after his free-kick was deflected in by an Oserian wall.
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