AFC Leopards 4-1 Zoo FC: Makwatta scores a hat-trick as Ingwe shine
Ingwe started the post-Casa Mbungo era with a huge win against the struggling side at Bukhungu Stadium on Sunday
Ingwe went into the match reeling from losing their head coach Casa Mbungo who resigned a week ago citing financial difficulties and four players – Dennis Sikhayi, Whyvonne Isuza, Brian Marita and Moses Mburu – both who have left the Den.
Assistant coach Anthony Kimani was in charge and assisted by Tom Juma. Ingwe looked dangerous from the onset as Boniface Mukhekhe scored the opener before Makwatta made it 2-0 at the half-time break.
Zoo looked like they were coming back into the game after they scored minutes after the restart courtesy of Fredrick Ongeri but Makwatta made it 3-1 before he rounded up the huge win with another fantastic goal with only eight minutes left to the final whistle.
Ingwe were the best side overall and should have won by more than six goals, Makwatta also being the main culprit as he squandered a number of open chances against struggling Zoo.
Ingwe’s opener came in the 13th minute when Mukhekhe rose the highest to meet a corner and nod past the Zoo keeper Austin Odhiambo, the goal somehow, rejuvenating Ingwe who kept pressing for the second and it was no surprise when Makwatta converted from the penalty spot in the 24th minute after Collins Shivachi had been fouled inside the box.
The two goals were enough for Ingwe to take into the half-time break but when play resumed, Zoo fired back as Ongeri stunned the crowd at Bukhungu with a well-taken strike to make the scores 2-1.
AFC Leopards were not stunned by Zoo’s efforts to try to comeback as Makwatta met a free-kick delivered by captain Robinson Kamura to punish keeper Odhiambo with a low shot.
The former Ulinzi Stars striker then sealed the win with a well-taken free-kick which evaded the wall that was put up by Zoo defenders to hit the back of the net.
AFC Leopards XI vs Zoo Kericho FC: 16. Ezekiel Owade, 22. Collins Shivachi, 03. Washington Munene, 28. Clyde Senaji, 04. Robinson Kamura, 06. Said Tsuma, 18. Bonface Mukhekhe, 19. Eugene Mukangula, 34. John Makwata, 23. Austin Odhiambo and 14. Vincent Oburu.
Subs: 01. Maxwel Mulili, 12. Isaac Kipyegon, 21. Collins Shichenje, 11. Hansel Ochieng, 26. Marvin Nabwire, 25. Clark Achuka and 27. Jaffari Owiti.