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Leopards silence Sony to grab first win

AFC Leopards forward Andrew Tololwa celebrates after scoring in a previous SPL match.PHO/Raymond Makhaya
AFC Leopards forward Andrew Tololwa celebrates after scoring in a previous SPL match.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, February 22 – Andrew Tololwa struck his second successive goal to inspire AFC Leopards bag their first win of the season after edging out Sony Sugar 2-1 at Awendo’s Green Stadium on Monday.

Lamine Diallo opened the scoring three minutes to the break before Daniel Onyango levelled in the 52nd minute.

Tololwa who scored his debut in their 1-1 draw against Mathare United, netted the winner from the spot in the 78th minute to send Ingwe fourth on four points, same as leaders Bandari who have a better goal difference.

Leopards head coach Jan Koops made one change with Hedmond Mauda replacing Simon Abuko who fell ill.

Koops charges drew the first blood in the 20th minute when Ramadhan Yakubu rushed up front before finding Mauda, only for the latter to hurriedly blast wide despite having a lot of space in the box.

Ingwe were on top, though, with Sony’s first goal attempt coming from Fredrick Onyango who fired wide from Eugine Ochieng’s corner in the 33rd, five minutes before keeper Lucas Indeche parried a long range thunderbolt from Maxwell Sickolia.

The visitors took the lead as Diallo made an immediate impact when Allan Katerega picked him on the edge of the box to beat Allan Owiny and ensure his side head to the breather leading 1-0.

The host regained their composure seven minutes after restart to restore parity through Daniel Onyango who finished off from Ochieng’s cross.

Both sides made changes in the second-half with Leonard Odipo introducing Hassan Mohammed for Amos Asembeka while Victor Ademba came on for Nicholas Akoko.

But it was Leopard’s substitution that paid off after Kevin Migunde who came on for Diallo provided the winner.

Sickolia handled Migunde’s throw-in to gift Leopards the penalty which Tololwa calmly converted to jointly top the scoring chart with two goals same as Posta Rangers forward Timothy Otieno