Lloyd Wahome was given a painful send-off as AFC Leopards beat Tusker 2-1 in a tensed Kenyan Premier match staged at the Kenyatta Stadium on Saturday.
The match was an emotional one for both sides, especially for Wahome, whose jersey number 17 was officially retired after the game and for Casa Mbungo, the AFC Leopards coach who had only won one game before the Saturday’s victory.
Wahome played his last match but could not help Tusker overcome Ingwe who found themselves a man down after Isaack Kipkirui was sent off in the first half. Tusker was also reduced to a man down after Boniface Muchuri got his second yellow card later in the second half.
Wahome will join the National Super League side Wazito FC after eight years at the Ruaraka, his only third team in the KPL.
Previously, he had played for Mathare United and Gor Mahia and the midfielder’s loyalty was rewarded by the Brewers, who retired his shirt moment before the game, though the outcome of his final match in the yellow and black colours will be a painful memory he will live with for the rest of his life.
Wayi Yeka and Vincent Oburu scored for Ingwe before Muzerwa Amini pulled one back for the Brewers but it was too little too late for Robert Matano side to pull a meaningful comeback.
The win was Mbungo’s second in a row having downed Sony Sugar last weekend to end a six-match winless run.
Elsewhere, Western Stima denied Mathare United a chance to move top of the table after the power men forced a barren draw against the former champions.
In the other matches played on Saturday, Posta Rangers held FKF Shield and Super Cup champions Kariobangi Sharks to a 0-0 draw. Sofapaka, however, beat Chemelil Sugar 3-0 away to climb above Gor Mahia on the log.