Kenyan Premier League side AFC Leopards suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Zoo FC in a Mashujaa Day exhibition match held at the Kericho Green Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Ingwe was the first to break the deadlock, with Victor Omune scoring the opening goal just six minutes after the break.
However, Zoo FC mounted a comeback, spurred on by their home supporters, and managed to find the back of the net in the 58th and 73rd minute to secure the victory.
The 1998 champions fielded most of their B team, as their first team travelled to Mombasa for a Sunday league match against Bandari at the Mbaraki Sports Club.
This match marked AFC Leopards’ first game since the reappointment of Czech coach Tomas Trucha as head coach, following the dismissal of club legend Toma Juma.
Ingwe as the club is fondly known lost to a club that participates in division one. Zoo were relegated in 2021 by FIFA to Kenya’s third tier for match-fixing.
“A Mashujaa Day loss in Kericho,” AFC Leopards said in a post on social media.
Tom Juma: AFC Leopards sack head coach
Close to a fortnight ago, Ingwe finally dismissed head coach Tom Juma after weeks of resisting pressure from the fans who were eager to see the club legend gone.
The fans turned against Juma due to an abysmal start to the season that has resulted in the team dropping into the relegation zone and failing to secure a win in six matches into the new season.
Juma, who was promoted from the team manager’s role to head coach in July 2023 following the departure of Belgian coach Patrick Aussems, oversaw four draws and two defeats in the six matches he managed this season.