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Sony claw Leopards to turn the screw

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AFC Leopards keeper, Lucas Indeche in their KPL tie against KCB in Nairobi. He conceded twice in Awendo as Ingwe went down 2-1 to Sony Sugar. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

AFC Leopards keeper, Lucas Indeche in their KPL tie against KCB in Nairobi. He conceded twice in Awendo as Ingwe went down 2-1 to Sony Sugar. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, July 27 – A late spot-kick by Samuel Onyango ended Kenyan Premier League giants, AFC Leopards, surge up the table after Sony Sugar clawed them 2-1 in a keenly contested clash at Awendo Green Stadium on Monday.

Leopards, who travelled without their head coach Zradvko Logarusic, fell behind on the stroke of half-time through Victor Ademba before substitute Joseph Njuguna restored parity on the 80th minute.

The hero of the day was Onyango who converted from 12-yards five minutes to regulation time to lift his side up to 12th on the log with 19 points and a game on hand.

For Leopards, it was the end of their three-game winning streak to stay put in fifth on 34.

In the absence of inspirational Logarusic, his assistant, Yussuf Chippo was in charge as the teams gave little away in the opening half, a Patrick Kagogo corner that was almost turned in by Leopards the only notable goal mouth action.

With both sides destined for a goalless draw at the break, Ademba roused the home side when he beat his former keeper, Lukas Indeche, from a free-kick in added time.

Ingwe were left to chase the game upon the restart buoyed by their previous encounter when they came from a goal down at half time to down Nairobi City Stars 2-1.

And they stuck to the script when Njuguna fashioned a leveller having come from the bench for Duncan Otieno but Sony applied the final twist.

Indeche was penalised for hacking down an opponent in the box and Onyango tucked away the resultant penalty as Sony turned tables on a side that humiliated them 5-1 in the first-leg.

Logarusic declined to travel with the team after downing his tools for the second week running demanding two-months of unpaid dues.

A club official who spoke to Capital Sport said the Croat would remain as head coach as they work towards resolving another crisis in a season where the Den has known little peace as a result of a biting cash crunch despite their almost miraculous performances on the pitch.

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