Bidco United spank clawless AFC Leopards to consolidate comfortable mid-table finish

Bidco United spank clawless AFC Leopards to consolidate comfortable mid-table finish

Mark Kinyanjui 18:00 - 19.05.2024

Kevin Ndung'u's second half strike enough to uspet AFC Leopards as Bidco United claim priceless win.

AFC Leopards were shocked 1-0 by a defensively resolute Bidco United in an FKFPL encounter that took place at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday afternoon.

Although both sides fashioned some chances against  each other, they were not enough to make much difference to the scoreline in the first half.

However, a crisp counter attacking move by Bidco United resulted in Kevin Ndungu scoring the all-important goal to give the Thika-based side all the three points.

Leopards were on form heading into the match, having lost just two of their last 17 league matches, while Bidco, who have already consolidated a mid-table finish, had lost just one of their last five games.

The match began with both sides displaying a cautious approach, and in the 10th minute, AFC Leopards' goalkeeper Levis Opiyo made a crucial save to deny Bidco United an early lead. 

Despite dominating possession, AFC Leopards struggled to penetrate Bidco United's defence. The Leopards held onto the ball for extended periods, but their efforts lacked the cutting edge required to break down the opposition.

The 31st minute saw a significant chance for AFC Leopards when Jaffari Owiti's header from a corner kick narrowly missed the target. It was one of the few clear opportunities for the home side in the first half.

As the half-time whistle blew, the score remained deadlocked at 0-0, reflecting an even contest. Both teams had shown moments of promise, but neither could capitalize on their chances.

In the second half, Leopards struggled to create inroads in the opposition half, prompting Tomas Trucha into making a double change in the 63rd minute. In came Victor Omune and Musa Oundo for Victor Otieno and Brian Wanyama. Their introductions nearly bore fruit.

 Both players combined well before and nearly forced Bidco into conceding a corner as it created a mix up.

However, it would turn out to be disastrous. From the corner kick, Bidco sprung an attack when Jon Kelwish found himself surging with the ball down the right, before he cut it back towards Kevin Ndung’u,  who slotted the ball home past a helpless Opiyo to shock the attending AFC Leopards faithful in the stands.

Leopards had work to do to claw back. They huffed and puffed trying to find a comeback. It just was not enough to get back, and in the end, it is Bidco that would get all the three points. Leopards now drop to sixth place on 47 points, while Bidco have now practically consolidated their target of finishing in the top 10 positions on 44 points.