Afc beat Congo as Xavier retires from football

Afc beat Congo as Xavier retires from football

Afc beat Congo as Xavier retires from football

Afc leopards Tuesday evening lifted the Madaraka day cup after defeating coast based Congo united by a solitary goal at the what is slowly becoming Ingwe’s slaughter house-Nyayo stadium. This makes it the second major win for leopards in less than a week having out washed their perennial rivals Gor mahia by the same margin at the same venue last Wednesday.

Chris Makokha’s boys have however in more than one occasion exposed their weakness in finishing and today’s outing was no different.Itubu Imbem and his play mate Dimonde Selenge squandered numerous clean chances in the first half  to the disappointment of the average crowd. The coastal boys managed to hold onto the game going into the break with a clean slate.

The second half showed some sign of soccer decent having been injected into the team  during the break as Afc came back with better play and intent to score. In the 70th minute Itobu Imbem sent the Isukuti drums a note higher when he tapped home a scrappy goal after a goalmouth melee to salvage himself from the fans’ wrath following his first half disappointing missed chances.

The match ended 1-0 in favor of Ingwe who seem to have re-sharpened their blunt claws with impressive performances in the near recent past. It should be remembered that last year at a time like this Afc leopards were struggling at the bottom of the league with prayers for miracles to salvage them from relegation.

Today’s victory also served as a perfect send away gift for veteran Skipper Francis Xavier who hanged his boots after 74th  minutes of play in today’s match. Xavier who has graced Kenyan football for over a decade now has been a strong pillar at Ingwe and being the longest serving Afc player he deserved the rousing standing ovation he was accorded by the fans after his substitution.

Ingwe were handed the Madaraka day trophy by Kenya’s ardent soccer fan the Right honorable Prime Minister Raila Odinga who was the guest of honor.

Elsewhere Harambee stars reported to camp on Sunday evening ready for a busy build up training at the Kasarani residential camp. The team is shaping up for a return leg match this weekend against Uganda cranes to whom they lost 0-1 in Kampala. Afc leopards’ goalkeeper Lawrence Webo has since joined the team’s camp in Kasarani.