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Mike Baraza

Sweet revenge for AFC Leopards

AFC Leopards produced their best performance of the season thrashing Sofapaka 3-1 at Nyayo National Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Having lost the first leg by the same scoreline in June, Ingwe gained sweet revenge turning on style to outclass the 2009 champions and register their third win in five matches.

Oscar Kadenge put them ahead on five minuets when his mishit cross eluded Sofapaka goalkeeper Duncan Ochieng and ended in the back of the net.

Sofapaka fought back and they made it 1-1 minutes later when Dodo Kayombo thumped home a powerful header off a Titus Mulama freekick.

The Congolese born defender turned from hero to villain on 17 minutes when he miscontrolled a pass from his own keeper and Mike Baraza stole in to score with a predatory strike from 12 yards.

Leopards had chances to extend the lead in the first half through Emmanuel Tostao but the youngster fluffed his lines failing to beat Ochieng on two attempts.

Sofapaka needed a response but they found AFC keeper Patrick Matasi in fine fettle with his reflexes keeping out Humphrey Mieno’s close range effort after a John Onami knockdown.

Kadenge should have scored his second goal of the match 18 minutes from time but his finish flew just wide off a Laurent Tumba cross.

Tumba sealed the points on 82 minutes heading home a Charles Okwemba freekick to set off wild celebrations on the bench and in the stands.

Sofapaka could have reduced the arrears but substitute Francis Ouma failed to beast Matasi whne through on goal and minutes later, Onami horribly miscued the ball from six yards out summing up Sofapaka’s evening.


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