Bob Mugalia strikes twice to sink AFC Leopards
Bob Mugalia struck himself a second brace in a week to guide his team to a 3-1 win over AFC Leopards in an entertaining KPL fixture played at the Nyayo stadium on Wednesday night. John Lefty Njoroge added the third for Sofapaka while new signing Naimana Jonas scored Ingwe’s consolation goal from a free kick on his debut.
The loss is the third straight defeat for AFC Leopards with coach Nick Yakhama facing a tumultuous moment at the Ingwe’s bench having managed a single win since taking over a couple of months back.
AFC Leopards threw in their best starting with a twin attack of Chinjili and Baraza while diminutive Ugandan striker Jimmy Bageya sneaked in through the wings.AFC started on a positive with Chinjili powering through the defenders but his attempt was deflected for a corner in the 2nd minute.
Mieno Humphrey almost responded immediately on the other end with a sharp bouncing header that was parried off the line by Tiema.
Bob Mugalia who seems to have regained his top form came calling in the 17th minute rounding off the AFC Leopards defenders to sleek home Sofapaka’s first goal.
Sofapaka silenced the AFC Leopards’ Isukuti with their flamboyant passing in the midfield and could have scored a classic goal in the 25th minute from 15 uninterrupted passes but Mugalia from the edge of the box blasted the final touch over the cross bar.
John Njoroge notched in the 2nd of Sofapaka’s goal from a lovely Humphrey Mieno lob that deflected off an AFC Leopards defender. Lefty chipped the ball beyond an advancing Tiema in goal to cushion his team to a comfortable 2-0 lead by the breather.
After the second goal coach Yakhama pulled off Martin Imbalambala in the 37th minute for new signing Collins Kisuya in an attempt to seal off a leaking space at the backline.
From the break, AFC Leopards piled the pressure in search of the equalizer and it was the new signings who produced the moment that brought back hope when Chinjili was brought down at the edge of the box by Musa Mudde.Jonas Naimana in his debut for AFC Leopards curled the resultant free kick beyond the wall to reduce the margin to 2-1.
The goal resuscitated the sinking Leopard as they maintained their attacking tempo with Mike Baraza and Muyoti coming close to leveling but the attacks were met with a quick damaging counter attack.
A deep ball from the center found a cunning Petit Kagogo who reduced two defenders with his step overs, lobbed the ball for John Baraza, Baraza dummied a carelessly advancing Waudo in the box before laying a hard square pass over to an unmarked Mugalia on the right.Mugalia wasted no chance sending a diagonal rocket shot to the far post beyond a hapless Tiema to advance the score line to 3-1 in the 79th minute.
“It was a lovely outing for us and we are delighted with the win. We have found our winning form and we hope to maintain the same.” Said Humphrey Mieno after the match.
The win moves Sofapaka up to 5th spot with 23 points same as Gor Mahia and Western Stima but Batoto Ba Mungu hold a better goal aggregate.AFC is 12th on the chat with 16 points from 14 matches.AFC Leopards next face Gor Mahia to finish their first leg fixtures