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KPL: AFC miss chance to go top as Tusker beat Nzoia

Last updated 8 months ago | By Rodgers Eshitemi

Ulinzi Stars’ Boniface Andai (left) and John Makwata of AFC during KPL Match at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday Oct 2, 2019. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

For the second time, AFC Leopards missed a chance to go top of the Kenyan Premier League table.

The former league champions were frustrated to a barren draw by a tactical Ulinzi Stars yesterday at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos County.

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This came barely two hours after Timothy Otieno’s brace against Nzoia Sugar (3-2) helped Tusker (16 points) leapfrog record champions Gor Mahia at the summit.

The draw saw Leopards go level on fifteen points with second-placed K’Ogalo, who have three games in hand.

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In the second match at the same venue, Timothy Otieno was the hero bagging a brace as Tusker overcome a resilient Nzoia Sugar 3-2.

Otieno broke the deadlock in the second minute before Hillary Wandera scored into his own net to restore parity for his former club on the quarter hour mark

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But the brewers regained the lead when Otieno converted from the spot on the stroke of halftime.

Michael Madoya made it 3-1 six minutes into the second half before substitute Ian Simiyu got his name on the score-sheet late in the game.

In an earlier match at the same venue, Derrick Otanga returned to haunt his former club as Wazito beat ten-man Sony Sugar 4-3 in a seven goal thriller.

Elvis Rupia had grabbed a hat-trick for Wazito after Kevin Omundi’s brace and Johnstone Omurwa’s own goal before Otanga came off the bench to secure a second victory of the season for his new side and a first victory for Medo Melis as Wazito boss.

The troubled Sony had to finish the game with one man less after Bonaventure Aste was sent off for a second bookable offence in the injury time.

Rupia’s hat-trick saw him go level on five goals with leading top scorer John Makwatta, who failed to find the back of the net against Ulinzi Stars.