AFC Leopards allowed themselves to be beaten on an afternoon that it should not have been beaten.
Seeking to keep pace on the top three sides of Tusker, KCB and Gor Mahia, Ingwe went into the game with a routine win over relegation favourites on their minds but that did not happen.
Instead, Frank Ouna picked up his first win in seven attempts since taking over as Mathare United, beating AFC Leopards 1-0 courtesy of a Eugene Wethuli goal deep in first half stoppage time.
🟢45+2| Goal @MathareUtd
Mwangi puts through Wethuli who beats Ochan from Close range
— FKF Premier League (@Officialfkfpl) June 23, 2021
A day before the showdown at Ruaraka, ex-captain Robinson Kamura expressed optimism in ending league title drought at the den, Ingwe having last won the Kenyan Premier League in 1998, but now that looks unlikely this season.
“We have two things to fight for, the league and the Shield Cup. The league is a marathon. We will fight until the last minute because we also want the title,” the 26-year-old said in an interview at Camp Toyoyo on Wednesday.
20 games into the season, AFC Leopards remain fourth on 37 points, seven points of leaders Tusker FC who edged out Western Stima 2-1 in an early kick off match at the same venue.
Mathare who recorded their second win of their campaign, take their season tally to 11 points, four points from safety.
Collated FKF Premier League results
Mathare United 1-0 AFC Leopards (Ruaraka, Nairobi)
Gor Mahia 0-0 Wazito (Thika Stadium, Thika)
Tusker 2-1 Western Stima (Ruaraka, Nairobi)