Ezekiel Odera scored a brace as AFC Leopards overcame Nakumatt 4-2 in a Sportpesa Premier League match played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday 12th August.
Coach Rodolfo Zapata named a changed starting X1 from the last outing Said Tsuma replacing the suspended Whyvonne Isuza in the midfield while defender Christopher Oruchum got his chance coming in for Salim Abdalla, Michael Kibwage was tasked to cover the right back position in the absence of Dennis Sikhayi giving room for Duncan Otieno to play at center back position.
AFC Leopards started the match on a high going ahead in the 6th minute through Jaffrey Odeny after being put through by Ezekiel Odera.Odera then added the second in the 17th minute beating Nakumatt custodian Peter Odhiambo with a low shot after a clever pass from left back Moses Mburu.He grabbed his brace just six minutes later with a well taken shot on the edge of the box after a fine cut in through pass from Owiti.
Mburu was later pulled out after he suffered an injury, Ugandan Baker Lukooya taking his place. Nakumatt pulled one back from the spot through Joe Waithira after he was brought down in the box by Ingwe custodian Ezekiel Owade.The second half started with AFC Leopards dominating the match with the 4th goal coming in the 63rd minute through Marvin Nabwire who rounded off Peter Odhiambo to make it 4-1.
Former Leopards Timonah Wanyonyi scored the second goal for Nakumatt in the 78th minute to make it 4-2.AFC brought in Eugene Mukangula for Ezekiel Seda and Vincent Oburu for brace hero Odera as Nakumatt continued to dominate. Ingwe however repulsed every attack and managed to hold on to pick the maximum points. After the result, AFC Leopards is third on the log with 45 points from 26 matches. Leopards next face Thika United at Thika municipal stadium.
AFC LEOPARDS X1: Ezekiel Owade, Moses Mburu, Kibwage Mike, Oruchum Christopher, Otieno Duncan, Marita Brian, Nabwire Marvin, Said Tsuma, Seda Edward, Odera Ezekiel, Odenyi Jaffrey
SUBS: Jairus Adira, Mainge Yusuf, Lukooya Baker, Senaji Clyde, Majid Victor, Mukangula Eugene, Vincent Oburu