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Sharks rue missed chances as they play to AFC draw at Nyayo

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Brian Wanyama of AFC against Keith Imbali of Sharks
  • Leopards are unbeaten in their last nine matches
  • Sharks bounced back from their loss to mathare
  • KCB beat Vihiga in the other match

Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya has rued a myriad of missed chances as his side played to a 0-0 draw with AFCF Leopards in an FKF Premier League match at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Sharks had many chances to score in the first half, but lack of experience and shyness infront of goal let them down.

“We dominated the game especially in the first half, Leopards also had their dominance in the opening quarter of the second half, But I believe we should have buried the chances we had. We had three very open opportunities in the first half and in this level, if you don’t take the smallest chance you have then you don’t win,” said the coach.

He added; “But I am happy we got a point against an on-form AFC side and it was also a good improvement from the unexpected defeat to Mathare in midweek.”

Sharks had great chances to win the game especially in the opening 45 when they forced Leopards to play on the back foot. In the 10th minute, Fortune Omotto had the first opportunity when he picked the ball ahead of AFC keeper Levis Opiyo who had come off his line, but his looping ball could only land on the roof of the net.

Seven minutes later, they had another good opportunity when Tyson Otieno made a good run on the right cutting in a decent low cross into the area, but Shariff Musa’s tap at the near post was saved.

Sharks pile pressure on Leopards 

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Action between Sharks and Leopards

Sharks continued piling pressure on Leopards and three minutes on the turn, Omotto won the ball off Musa Oundo in the middle of the pack and fed Shariff through, but once again, Opiyo kept his side in the game with a decent save.

In the 32nd minute, Opiyp once again came off big for Leopards making a decent point blank save to deny Paul Odhiambo from point blank range twice after running into a Geoffrey Onyango cross from the left.

Leopards struggled for clear cut chances, their best coming off Victor Omune whose shot after dancing his way on the right came off the side netting.

In the second half, Leopards were off to a stronger start. Brian Wanyama had a good chance just three minutes after the restart when he was put through by Omune, but his low grass cutter rolled across the face of goal begging for a touch.

Leopards press for the opener 

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AFC striker Ojo Olaniyi battles for the ball with Sharks players

Leopards continued to press for the opener but on the other end, they were almost caught out on the counter when Omotto put substitute Moses Shikanda through on goal, but the latter could not get a clean shot on goal.

Leopards made changes with Peter Thiong’o, Eugene Mukangula and Saad Musa being brought on to spice things up offensively, but none of the changes brought in goals with them.

Meanwhile, KCB went up to second spot in the standings after beating relegation fighting Vihiga Bullets 3-0.

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