AFC Leopards yesterday stormed into the quarter-finals of the Gotv shield courtesy of their 2-1 win over National Super League side, Bidco United at Thika Municipal Stadium.
A goal in each half by Samuel Ndungu and Alexis Kitenge saw the 2013 champions book a spot in the last eight as their search for silverware continued.
Leopards, under the tutelage of Robert Matano who decamped from Bidco earlier this month, made several amends to their starting line-up with a doubtful Robinson Kamura, who arrived late from Allstars tour of Spain getting a starting berth. Whyvonne Isuza and Haroun Nyakha, who rarely get starting roles, made it with their contribution in the midfield troubling the lower tier side.
Ingwe’s persistence in raiding for an opener bored fruits in the 14th minute when Haroun Nyakha teed up Aziz Okaka, who drove a low shot past Bidco’s custodian Charles Okiyo. The former Ushuru FC man had shown intentions of scoring, with his prowess on the left flank, giving Lambert Oyuga an afternoon to forget.
Leopards would have doubled their lead a minute later as Burundian import Alexis Kitenge missed a clear chance, sending his shot wide.
Bidco, however, responded to the missiles directed to their goal with Augustine Etemesi, a former Leopards player—shooting from range—only for Gabriel Andika to deny him. Their search for an equaliser was futile as Kamura commanded the back-line, thwarting all attempts to finish the first half on a goal advantage.
After the break, Bidco made several changes to their line-u, bringing in Simba Lazo for David Kalama while Etemesi paved way for John Walubuka.
Leopards responded by bringing in Keziron Kizito for Haroun Nyakha.
The inclusion of Kizito in the game bored fruits in the 73rd minute after tapping in Aziz Okaka’s cross to double the numbers on the scoreboard. The goal wildly celebrated by the many travelled fans, seemed to put the game beyond doubt with Matano replacing Salim Abdalla for Kamura for their weekend clash against Western Stima.
Bidco got their consolation in the 90+1 minute through Juma David, who nodded home after a daring cross which was poorly dealt with by the back four. They would have added more in the last minute as the heavy downpour seemed to work against the visiting Leopards. Leopards will play another National Super League side Wazito FC in the quarters.