AFC Leopards and Shabana FC are yet to win an FKF Premier League match in the 2023-24 campaign following their 1-1 draw at Ulinzi Complex on Sunday.
It was Ingwe, who took the lead in the 13th minute when Brian Yakhama converted from the penalty spot but Tore Bobe quickly responded, with Peter Ogechi finding the back of the net just eight minutes later to level matters. Shabana coach Sammy Okoth admitted he was satisfied with a draw from the contest which he described as a “tension-packed derby”.
“It was not a bad game, it was a tense game, it was a derby and every team was required to work hard for a win, I am comfortable with a point, there is a long way to go, and if we rectify our mistakes then we will be better going forward,” said Okoth.
On reports he was intending to throw in the towel following a series of poor results, the former international said: “I don’t know, who said I want to resign, I am not a social media person, I am not on social media, my work is with the players and the team, and I never said I will leave Shabana.”
He added: “What I said is if we continue to concede in the last minutes then I will make a decision, if the trend continues in the next one game, two, three, and four or even to six games, then someone else will need to come in and change the style of play in the team.”
AFC Leopards assistant coach Fred Ambani, who faced the media on behalf of underfire head coach Tom Juma, said the team had greatly improved in the last two matches. “We are still in a learning process, we have now gone for two straight matches without defeat and that is a great improvement compared to how we started off the season,” said Ambani.
Ingwe, who are sitting in position 15 with four points, will next take on Gor Mahia in the Mashemeji derby at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday while Shabana will come up against Tusker at Ruaraka grounds on Friday.