Kariobangi Sharks defeated AFC Leopards 3-1 in a round 31 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clash played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Tuesday 18 September to continue a fine run of form that has them now on a five game winning streak across all competitions.
Striker George Abege netted a brace with a goal either side of half time sandwiching Duke Abuya’s second half effort that had cancelled out Whyvonne Isuza’s leveler.
The win lifted Sharks to within four points of Leopards as they moved up to sixth on the standings with 47 points while Ingwe remains third with 51 points after suffering their eighth loss of the season.
A four minute spell in the first half saw both teams exchange blows with Sharks the first to draw blood in the 12th minute through Abege who rose highest to head past Ezekiel Owade a Pattilah Omotto free kick.
That lead would last only all of four minutes as Leopards provided an immediate response through Whyvonne Isuza in the 16th minute to the protest of the Sharks players who felt that the goal should have not stood, claiming defender Pascal Ogweno had recovered just in time to clear the ball off the line.
Second half onslaught
That is how it would remain for the rest of the half with both teams well poised for an onslaught at goal come the second period.
And it was Sharks who heeded the call and came out guns blazing with Abuya netting from close range, seven minutes after the restart, the attacking midfielder guiding an Abege deflected shot into the back of the net.
William Muluya’s charges would put the game beyond Leopards by netting the third through Abege who tapped in from close range a Harrison Mwendwa cutback cross to extend his season tally to six and cap a fine week in which he has netted three goals in the last two outings.
A late flurry of attacks from Rodolfo Zapata’s charges would result to nothing as Sharks secured the three points to add onto the point earned during the 1-1 draw between the two sides in April.
For both teams, attention now turns to the SportPesa Shield for both teams. Defending champions Leopards will take on Sofapaka while Sharks will be up against Ulinzi Stars in the last four encounters to be played on Sunday 23 September.