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KENYA: Leopards held by Sony Sugar

[Posted 22 Jun 2012]
[By Charles Malingha]
KENYA: Leopards held by Sony Sugar

Dangerman Allan Wanga made a return to Kenyan Premier League action with a sublime goal to salvage a draw for AFC Leopards against visiting Sony Sugar in an entertaining Kenyan Premier League match at Mumias Sugar Sports Complex on Wednesday.

Sony Sugar were rewarded for their early enterprise when sharp shooter Enock Agwanda picked up Marwa Chemberi’s header in predatory fashion to fire home past Leopards second choice keeper Barnabas Tiema in the 40th minute.

The goal summed up a first half that saw the visitors display the more dangerous football.

The second half was an entirely different matter as Leopards charged out in search of an equaliser.

Speedy Jimmy Bagaye was brought in off the bench as an attacking midfielder to augment the two-prong strike line of Wanga and Mike Baraza.

Parity was inevitably restored in the 56th minute to send the surprisingly sparse crowd at the stands into frenzy. Wanga, who had been out of action for almost two months with an Achilles injury, rose above the Sony defence to angle his header past Wilson Obungu in the Sony goal.

Obungu, who had been out for almost two seasons with a serious leg injury, had earlier showed the qualities that saw him at one time stake claim to the Kenya Number One jersey.

He twice reacted with superb instincts to keep out Baraza’s near point blank header and a follow-on sliding shot late in the first half after blooded Idriss Rajab had played provider.

Leopards coach Jan Koop grudgingly accepted the results.

Happier man

"I compliment the team for coming from behind to draw the match. We expected victory but this is football. We did not lose which was important for us."

You will understand Koop’s last sentence. AFC Leopards had lost their previous two matches before Wednesday’s result.

His counterpart Zedekiah Otieno was the happier man: "This is a good result for us. I am happy to get a point away from home."

Leopards remained third on the league table with 28 points, behind Tusker with 29 points and leaders Sofapaka with 32 points. Sony stayed 12th on the table.

Leopards next face Sofapaka next Wednesday a top of the bill mid-week clash at Nyayo Stadium and are likely to parade new signing Paul Were and Burundi captain Floribert Ndayisaba.



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