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Ulinzi Stars shoot down Leopards to go top

FOOTBALL By Washington Onyango | October 29th 2021

AFC Leopards poor run in the 2021-2022 FKF Premier League continued on Friday after they went down 2-0 to Ulinzi Stars in the round five match played at Thika Stadium.

Hillary Simiyu and Brian Birgen scored for Ulinzi Stars who stretched their unbeaten run to four matches.

The win also saw the soldiers temporarily move top of the table with 10 points with the rest of the teams set to play on Saturday.

Ulinzi have now won three of their four matches, drawing only once.

Leopards on the other hand have lost four matches. The 13-time champions are currently 12th in the log with four points after five matches.

Ingwe started the season on a high after edging out defending champions Tusker 1-0 on the opening day of the season last month before playing out to a barren draw with KCB.

Leopards then followed the draw with a defeat in the Mashemeji Derby where they went down 1-0 to rivals Gor Mahia last week on Wednesday before being caged at the docks 2-1 by Bandari over the weekend.

They are expected to drop even further at the end of the weekend matches on Sunday.

Right-back Brian Birgen gave the 2010 champions a deserved lead two minutes to the break before Simiyu, who was making his full debut for Ulinzi, struck on 57 minutes.

FILE: Isaac Kipkegen [right] of AFC Leopards out--runs Ndiemi Keegan of Bandari during Premier league match played last Sunday at Mbaraki sports club. Bandari won 2--1. 24th October 2021.[Omondi Onyango,Standard]

Leopards head coach Patrick Aussems last week decried lack of strikers in his team after the recent poor show, calling for the club’s management to settle the clubs transfer ban and to be able to sign players to help the club. He said the club needs strikers because they have inexperienced players.

Leopards were suspended from signing players for two transfer windows by the world football governing body after failing to clears debts of former tacticians Marko Vasiljevic, Andre Cassa Mbungo, and ex-players Tressor Ndikumana, Vincent Habamahoro, and Soter Kayumba.

Ingwe lost over 10 players including top scorer Elvis Rupia, Bienvenue Shaka and Clyde Senaji which forced them to turn to their academy players this season after they were locked out of signing new players.

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