The house facet, regardless of backpedalling for the higher a part of the second half, had been capable of hold the native heavyweights at bay
Resolute Vihiga United managed to choose some extent towards AFC Leopards in Soccer Kenya Federation Premier League’s showdown at Mumias Sports activities Complicated on Saturday, as the 2 sides performed out a 0-0 draw.
The draw, second for Ingwe within the season, meant they might not go above KCB on the log of their 14th sport.
Vihiga United began on a excessive tempo and AFC Leopards had been saved by the referee’s raised offside flag that ended the house facet’s surge in the direction of the objective within the second minute.
Isaac Kipyegon, who was the day’s captain as Robinson Kamura missed from the matchday squad, saved AFC Leopards from conceding within the fourth minute when he headed away an formidable free-kick by Vihiga United.
Ingwe’s first try on objective got here within the eighth minute when Fabrice Mugheni’s free-kick discovered Elvis Rupia whose header was cleared by Vihiga United for a nook. With a sizeable variety of males in Vihiga United’s penalty field, AFC Leopards couldn’t handle to utilize their first nook kick.
Inside a span of two minutes, Vihiga United received a nook and a free-kick however they had been unfortunate to interrupt the impasse earlier than the referee allowed the gamers to take a water break within the twenty second minute.
The native heavyweights received a free-kick within the twenty ninth minute when speedy Jaffery Owiti was introduced down alongside the left nook. The set-piece was delivered by Kipyegon, who was taking part in as a centre-back in partnership with spectacular Clyde Senaji, however his supply went off course.
A mixture between Marvin Nabwire and Owiti virtually gave AFC Leopards the lead however the former, standing on a vantage place, misdirected his effort for a objective kick within the thirty eighth minute.
Even with the extra three minutes, Ingwe couldn’t discover a well past a resolute Vihiga United who – within the final 10 minutes of the primary half – selected to sit down again to defend their space.
Mustapha Oduor was alert within the Vihiga United objective on the hour mark when he reacted in time to disclaim Owiti an opener with a finger-tip save.
Rupia – who has been retained within the Harambee Stars for the African Cup of Nations qualifiers towards Egypt and Togo after his debut objective towards South Sudan – failed to offer the guests the lead within the 62nd minute as his shot hit the facet web.
The previous Nzoia Sugar and Wazito FC striker was substituted within the 76th minute as Patrick Aussems launched Austin Odhiambo for extra creativity within the closing third. Harrison Mwendwa and Peter Thiong’o had changed Owiti and Caleb Olilo respectively in Aussems first adjustments of the sport.
Regardless of the adjustments, Ingwe had been unable to discover a breakthrough towards Vihiga United who picked up their fifth draw of the season.
Vihiga United XI: Mustapha Oduor, Dennis Ombeva, Michael Odongo, Prince Ayieko, Sammy Sindani, Mark Okola, Patrick Okullo, Lesley Otieno, Junior Adeyefa, Kevin Omondi, Dennis Wafula,
Subs: Morgan Alube, Norman Werunga, Absalom Onyango, Dennis Monda, Erick Otieno, Mike Isabwa, Wycliffe Nthata,
AFC Leopards XI: Benjamin Ochan, Isaac Kipyegon, Lewis Bandi, Washington Munene, Clyde Senaji, Fabrice Mugheni, Marvin Nabwire, Caleb Olilo, Jafefry Owiti, Bienvenue Shaka, Elvis Rupia.
Subs: Jeff Oyemba, Robert Mudenyu, Yussuf Mainge, Austin Odhiambo, Hansel Ochieng, Stated Tsuma, Eugene Mukangula, Peter Thiong’o, Harrison Mwendwa.