Zoo rallies to hold Leopards as Gor restore seven point lead with Chemelil win

Zoo FC earned a crucial point in their bid to avoid relegation from the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) as they came from behind to hold AFC Leopards to a 1-1 draw in Machakos on Wednesday 8 May, the same day that Gor Mahia restored their seven point advantage at the top of the standings courtesy of a 2-0 win over Chemelil Sugar in Kisumu.

At the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, second from bottom Zoo FC had skipper Johnstone Ligare to thank after his header in the 86th minute cancelled out Paul Were’s first half effort to secure a point that lifts them up to 22 points, four adrift of safety.

Were’s effort is the first wingers first in the local league in five years since his departure to join the pro-ranks in 2014. He signed a short term deal with Leopards during this season’s mid-season transfer window.

Penalty misses

A game of two halves saw both teams miss from the spot with Zoo’s Ugandan custodian Matthew Elungat seeing his kick saved by Ezekiel Owade and Whyvonne Isuza missing the chance to make it 2-0 in Leopards’ favour by striking his effort against the crossbar.

Leopards remain in ninthh place with 38 points.

Elsewhere at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu, league leaders Gor Mahia saw off Chemelil Sugar 2-0 to restore their seven point advantage that had been reduced with Sofapaka’s earlier win over Western Stima.

Goals from Kenneth Muguna and Samuel Onyango either side of half time powered K’Ogalo to the win that lifts them up to 63 points.