NAIROBI, Kenya, February 16 – Harambee Stars forward Allan Wanga, returned from injury with a bang to net a brace to lead AFC Leopards to the first round of the CAF Confederations Cup after edging out Ethiopia’s Defence FC 2-1 in the preliminary round return leg match in Addis Ababa on Sunday to qualify 4-1 aggregate.
Wanga who missed the first leg in Nairobi following a knee knock where Ingwe won 2-0, scored the opener in the 46th before completing the route in the 89th to enable Leopards book a date with South African side SuperSport United.
The host who needed a 3-0 win to lock Ingwe out piled pressure in the first half which paid through Mulualem Tilahun, who found the back of the net with a free-kick in the 36th minutes after Jacob Keli, missed to open the deadlock in the 28th.
They could not sustain the lead as Wanga combined well with Keli and Noah Wafula, in the absence of winger Paul Were who was instrumental in the first leg win to gun down the soldiers in their own territory to make it to the next stage of the continental competition.
Leopards will meet SuperSport United in the first round on March 2, who qualified with a 3-0 win aggregate.