Raging AFC hammers troubled Rangers in 8-goal thriller

Raging AFC hammers troubled Rangers in 8-goal thriller

Raging AFC hammers troubled Rangers in 8-goal thriller

AFC Leopards made mince meat of a meek Rangers opposition rushing to a 2-0 lead after 30 minutes in a Kenyan Premier League match played on Sunday afternoon in Mumias Sports Complex. Victor Ochieng and Jimmy Bagaye both grabbed a brace in the second half while Allan Wanga and Martin Imbalambala scored a goal each to sink the troubled Rangers.

The match had to be temporarily stopped for over quarter of an hour as heavy rains threatened to disrupt the party in Mumias. However, after fans and players joined hands in draining the pitch, play resumed and AFC continued to win the match 6-2.

The win extended AFC Leopards supremacy at the helm of the KPL log with 23 points ahead of second placed Sofapaka (20) and their unbeaten matches to 22.

Captain Martin Imbalambala nodded in a corner kick from Bernard Mang’oli in 25th minute but the linesman ruled that it was scored in an offside position .The center referee stood his ground and overruled him to make it a one nil advantage in favor of AFC.

Two minutes later, international striker Allan Wanga latched onto a through ball by Salim Kinje to beat an onrushing Rangers goalie Raphael Omondi from 18 yards. Wanga who was a doubt to start the match due to injury had to be substituted a few minutes later due to a strained ankle injury.

The first half ended 2-0 in favor of the hosts. Upon resumption, AFC seemed to be breathing fire as they sank two quick goals through Victor Ochieng and Jimmy Bagaye.

But Rangers seemed to inject themselves some comeback power when Noah Misiko pulled a goal but this did little to stop the raging Leopard.

Victor Ochieng and Bageya once again added a goal each to extend Ingwe’s lead to 6-1 before the heavens opened up forcing the match officials to stop proceedings for a few minutes.

Rangers got another goal via Joseph Nuguna but it came a little too late to spoil the party at Mumias.

Speaking after the match, Rangers FC team manager Willis Waliaula acknowledged defeat and said it was a bad outing for his side.

“We lost to a better side.” He said.

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