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Dream debut for Yakhama at Leopards

Coach Nick Yakhama enjoyed a dream debut as AFC Leopards saw off Bandari 2-0 at Nyayo national stadium on Monday.

Laurent Tumba and Emmanuel Tostao found the back of the net in the first half as Ingwe ran out confident winners. The win saw them climb to sixth on the log; above arch rivals Gor Mahia on goal difference.

“I am happy but not satisfied. The boys played well but the stamina levels went down in the second half and its something we have to work on. The only change I made was to ask the boys to possess the ball more and avoid losing possession,” Yakhama told SuperSport.com.

Appointed coach last week for the second time in two years, Yakhama rung the changes bringing Abraham Cokie back to the line up as well as youngsters Edward Seda and Ramadhan Shaban to the middle of the park.

The hosts went ahead on 8 minutes with a well worked goal as Tumba controlled a Hugo Nzangu cross and rifled the ball into the net cuing off wild celebrations in the stands.

The goal almost made it 2-0 five minutes later when Bandari keeper Abdulrahaman Swaleh fumbled the ball but his Hamisi Majepo cleared his shot off the line.

Leopards were dominant and they accreted another fine opening on 21 minutes when Shaban found Tostao in the inside right channel but the striker fired the ball agonizingly wide of the far post.

The second goal materialized on 32 minutes and again Tumba was heavily involved. The Congolese midfielder persisted down the left before crossing for Shaban whose point blank shot was kept out by Swaleh but Tostao was on hand to tap home the rebound from 10 yards.

With the hard done in the first half, Leopards coasted through the second half going close on several occasions but were unable to add onto their tally.


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