KCB vs AFC Leopards was the highlight of the first batch of matchweek 2 fixtures in the FKF Kenya Premier League. Leopards remain without a goal after two assignments but who is to blame?
The result from the KCB vs AFC Leopards clash, a 1-0 loss to Ingwe has left fans an angry lot.
They are already calling for the resignation of their new head coach, Tom Juma with only two KPL games played so far.
The fans accuse the new tactician of indecision, saying he gambles on selecting a strong starting XI.
Leopards faltered in the 81st minute when Kenya Commercial Bank got the breakthrough, a precious lead the bankers defended till the final whistle.
Posta register a massive win
— FKF Premier League (@Officialfkfpl) September 1, 2023
KCB vs AFC Leopards: A goalless first-half
At the onset of KCB vs AFC Leopards, Ingwe fans hoped their team would get the first win of the 2023/24 season in matchweek 2. However, that did not come to fruition as Leopards struggled to get a breakthrough.
It wasn't going to be easy for the visitors after all, noting that KCB is a well-oiled side with the money to sufficiently fund the club's activities.
It was the first game of the season for KCB but defeating AFC Leopards who signed a multi-million deal with Betika a year ago is an affront to Ingwe fans.
After the matchweek 2 win over Leopards, both teams have bagged 5 wins apiece in 16 meetings, which means there have been six draws in those encounters.
Ingwe's loss in round 2 of the 2023/24 Kenya Premier League season means they must win their next game at home against Muhori Youth (Wazito) in mid-September to remain competitive in the top-flight.
Musa Oundo sent off, worsening Leopard's situation
A goalless first-half must have handed Ingwe some hope but things took a turn for the worst after KCB opened the scoring through Derick Oranga in the 81st minute.
Eleven minutes later, Ingwe's Musa Oundo got sent off after picking a second yellow card in the game, further dampening the spirit of an already exhausted outfit.
🟨🟨 A second yellow card for Mousa Oundo
🟥 We're down to 1 men
— AFC Leopards SC (@AFCLeopards) September 1, 2023
As intimated in the matchweek 2 fixture preview, KCB vs AFC Leopard was never going to be a walk in the park for the visiting Kenya Premier League giants.
A poor start to the campaign at home against FC Talanta, in which Leopards couldn't even score against a 10-man side from the 60th minute, meant Ingwe would have a long day against KCB playing at home in their season opener.
Ingwe continues goalless streak continues
After faltering against KCB, AFC Leopards have now failed to score in their first two games of the 2023/24 season.
A 0-0 draw against FC Talanta in the season opener and a 1-0 defeat to KCB in round 2 have both been hallmarks of underwhelming performances under a new head coach.
Tom Juma, the new AFC Leopards head coach, is now under fire with fans accusing him of gambling with his selection of the starting XI.
At the end of the KCB vs AFC Leopards clash, Ingwe fans who attended the match at Karasani were heard chanting ‘Juma must go!'
Tom Juma had to be whisked away to the changing room as angry Ingwe fans bayed for his blood.
Elsewhere, Bandari handed Batoto Ba Mungu their first defeat of the season after a 0-1 away victory by the Dockers.
Sofapaka failed to build on a modest start to the campaign against Gor Mahia despite playing at home against Bandari who lost their season opener to Tusker FC.
In a nutshell, matchweek 2 is already yielding some big surprises, so look ahead to the next big game, Ulinzi Stars vs Gor Mahia on Saturday, 2nd September 2023.
This article was most recently revised and updated 3 weeks ago