Sunday Nation carried the story
In Awendo, AFC Leopards continued their fine run with an emphatic 3-0 win over Sony Sugar.
Leopards’ impressive turn around continued with an emphatic 3-0 victory at a rain-lashed stadium.
Oscar Kadenge latched on to a weighed cross from Bernard Mang’oli to score a brilliant opener.
Leopards continued to press on against a shaken home team and were rewarded when Francis Chinjili’s goal-bound shot from 20 metres out hit the upright and Charles Okwemba easily taped in the rebound in the 13th minute.
Second half was delayed for nearly an hour because of a waterlogged pitch but officials decided to let the game proceed after scrutiny and consultation amongst themselves.
Five minutes to the hour, Kadenge banged in the third for Ingwe after some brilliant piece of solo effort by Salim Ramadhan
Standard on Sunday in its Feverpitch report carried the story
AFC Leopards struck a morale boosting 3-0 win over Sony Sugar away at Awendo a week a head of their crunch clash with Gor Mahia whose embattled coach, Zedekiah Otieno, came under a hail of bottles and rocks after their 2-2 draw against KCB.
Oscar Kadenge scored twice as AFC Leopards beat Sony Sugar FC 3-0.
Sony came into the game seeking to continue with their good run which had seen them win three games on the trot, but it was the visitors who went ahead in the 5th, Kadenge tapping in Francis Chinjili pass at the near post past Gaddy Kawuondi in Sony’s goal.
Charles Okwemba made it 2-0 six minutes later, running into a through pass which caught the host’s defence flat-footed before rounding Kawuondi and rolling the ball into an empty net.
The second half had to be delayed by almost 30 minutes as heavy rains flooded the pitch making it impossible for the half to kick off.
When it eventually started, it was the visitors who would take the lead straight away. After a failed Sony attack, Leopards made a quick entry into the hosts’ half with Kadenge finishing neatly from a tight angle a minute after the break.
From then on it was all Sony as the visitors seemed content to soaking Sony pressure and catching them on counter attack.
The win brings to an end Sony’s good run, but coach Francis Baraza expressed confidence that the team will be able to forget about it and move ahead to the next games as the club continue with its quest to finish better than its 5th position last year.
Supersport.com has the story by Collins Okinyo. He reported:-
Oscar Kadenge scored a brace as AFC Leopards produced a virtuoso performance thrashing Sony Sugar 3-0 in Awendo on Saturday.
Charles Okwemba scored the third as Ingwe ended Sony Sugar’s three match winning streak in a match that was held up for almost an hour because of heavy downpour.
Kadenge broke the deadlock in the eighth minute when he found himself in acres of space, easily tapping in a Francis Chinjili cross.
A charged leopards continued pilling pressure and they made it 2-0 in the 13th minute when Collins Kisuya’ pass caught the Sony defence napping and Okwemba beat gary Kawondi with a classy finish.
The second half was however delayed for 45 minutes as heavy rains pounded the stadium making the playing surface wet but resilient Leopards players took matters into their own hand draining the water off the pitch perhaps due to the urgency and importance of the match.
Referee Nicodemus Marani gave the match the go on and in the 55th minute man of the match Kadenge got his second of the day after his long range shot was deflected by Sony defender Sylvester Wanyama into his own net giving Leopards an unassailable lead amid song and dance from the many travelling fans that thronged Awendo Green Stadium.
The win ensured Leopards leapfrogged Sony Sugar moving to seventh on the log with 33 points.
“I am indeed happy with today’s performance as this has underlined our intentions in the league. The players played according to instructions as they gave 100 percent despite playing away from home,” an elated AFC Leopards coach Jan Koops told SuperSport.com.
His counterpart Francis Baraza was devastated, “I congratulate Leopards .We simply switched off and could not recover after the early goals.”
Kenyanstar in a report by Timothy Olubulu gave this account:
At half time in Awendo, AFC Leopards were leading 2-0 before a heavy downpour started. The rains flooded the pitch and rendered the field un playable and as the 15 minute break before half time ended, Sony players refused to take to the pitch citing that they could not play in the field due to its state.
Sensing that the game could be pushed to the following day cancelling their 2-0 lead, AFC Leopards players took matters into their own hands and decided to drain the pitch themselves. After almost half an hour of concerted effort, they had succeeded to drain the pitch using banners of Fans’ branches and the referee then decided that the match could go on.
AFC Leopards had gotten the two goal margin within 15 minutes of the start of the match. Oscar Kadenge who has been enjoying good form of late opened the scores in the 10th minute tapping in a cross from Francis Chinjili on the right. Charles Okwemba got his first goal for Ingwe after signing from Rangers FC in mid season. The midfielder was a beneficiary of a spilled ball by the Sony goalie. Francis Chinjili again provided the assist picking the ball from the keeper’s hands and proved unselfish choosing to pass to Okwemba instead of shooting at goal.
Leopards relaxed with the two goals margin, dominating most part of the first half. Sony had only one clear chance with Patrick Matasi saving from Isaiah Omondi as the half drew to a close.
After the pitch was drained in the second half, Kadenge put matters beyond Sony with a clean Solo effort, taking a shot from outside the box and was deflected into the net by a Sony defender, completing his brace.
In the final 20 minutes of the match, Sony decided to up the pressure in search of the three goals at least to pull off a draw. Former Leopards man Hugo Nzoka was stubborn all through but was contained by the AFC defense. Enock Agwanda had two clear chances in the second half but none was converted. The clearest of them was when he picked a ball after keeper Matasi was left sprawling on the ground but failed to convert with the conditions of the pitch and instead slid.
Leopards now move to 7th on the table with 33 points from 10th and push Sony to eigth. They will next be playing Gor Mahia this weekend.
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