AFC Leopards hit Sony to move fourth
AFC Leopards on Sunday pciked crucial win to move to Spots on the KPL log following their 1-0 win over Sony Sugar. Salim Abdalla scored the lone goal
AFC Leopards moved two spots up on the Kenyan Premier league table after a hard earned 1-0 win over Sony Sugar in Machakos on Sunday.
Defender Salim Abdallah headed home the winner seven minutes after halftime to give Rodolfo Zapata’s charges a win after drawing and losing in their last two games.
Despite the win, AFC were made to work hard by a new look Sony Sugar who only had themselves to blame after missing a myriad of scoring opportunities especially in the second period.
Coming into the game off a 3-0 spanking at the hands of Kakamega Homeboyz in their last engagement, AFC knew they had to win to keep themselves afloat in the top five and ensure their minute hopes of vying for the title remain intact.
Ingwe were fast off the blocks, attacking with pace and precision and they should have been one up when Brian Marita received a gift from the goalkeeper. Marita picked the ball on the right after John Waw’s clearance fell on his path and he drove to the edge of the box, but the custodian made up with a full stretched save to parry the eventual shot behind for a corner.
The home side continued piling pressure on the visitors, but they held their backline well defending with precision and numbers. Sony should have made the most of a defensive lapse by AFC after 26 minutes when a clearance fell on Tobias Otieno’s path at the edge of the box but his shot flew inches over the target.
Immediately on the other end, Waw came to Chemelil’s rescue when he had to react well to pick the ball off the line after Whyvonne Isuza had tapped the ball home at the back post after being picked out by Ezekiel odera.
The game sprung to more life in the second half and just seven minutes in, Ingwe were 1-0 up when Abdallah’s looping header from a Marita corner beat Waw. AFC had introduced new boy Alex Orotomal in attack and he had showed some flushes of brilliance.
Just after his side went ahead, Orotomal was axed at the edge of the area but Isaac Oduor struck the resultant free kick wide.
Ingwe survived a scare just 10 minutes later when a poorly defended long throw from Enock Agwanda fell on substitute Ambrose Ayoyi, but his shot from close range was saved by keeper Ezekiel Owade.
Five minutes from time, Oduor came close with a freekick from range which rattled the crossbar while two minutes later, Orotamal’s shot from the right was finger-tipped behind for a corner.