Captain Imbalambala strikes late to deny Gor Mahia 3 points
By Buckley Fedha
Defending champions Gor Mahia failed to go five points clear at the top of the Kenyan Premier League table after they were held to a 2-2 draw by AFC Leopards in the return leg match played today at the Nyayo national stadium.
After losing the first leg encounter 3-1 to Leopards in June, Gor Mahia were looking to level the score by collecting maximum points from Ingwe who had the target of denying Kogalo a win over them this season.
And unlike in the first leg, it was Leopards who found the back of the net first through Noah Wafula in the 30th minute.
Just three minutes before half time, Dan Sserunkuma leveled the game with a powerful header at the near post.
Sserunkuma was at it again two minutes after the restart, putting the league leaders ahead as pressure mounted in the Leopards half.
But after minutes of dominance by Kogalo in the second half, AFC Leopards coach Pieter De Jong brought into the fold Jacob Keli and the pressure shifted to Gor Mahia’s half as AFC continued to seek for an equalizer.
And they were not to be denied for long as the second goal eventually came when captain Martin Imbalambala caught goalkeeper Jerim Onyango off his line and smashed a shot into the bottom left corner.
That’s how the match ended, a point a piece, Gor Mahia rejoicing for remaining 3 points clear at the top of the table and AFC Leopards celebrating their unbeaten run in the league against their archrivals.
In other matches Tusker FC drew one all with hosts Bandari in Mombasa, Chemelil Sugar defeated Sony Sugar 2-0, Thika United were 1-0 victors over KRA while Western Stima went down to Sofapaka by a solitary goal.