Aswani’s double sparks Leopards stirring comeback win
Kepha Aswani’s second half brace spurred AFC Leopards as they came from behind to secure a 3-2 win against troubled Ushuru FC in a Kenya Premier League (KPL) match played at the Mumias Complex on Saturday.
The taxmen went into the break 2-0 up thanks to goals from Maurice Odipo and Dennis Wafula.
With the home crowd staring at another damaging defeat, Aswani and Bernard Ongoma struck two quick fire goals in the 65th and 67th before the former Thika United front man got his 10th in the 79th minute to complete the amazing comeback.
Minnaert’s second half substitutions led the second half onslaught with both putting their names on the score sheet in the five-goal thriller.
The result sees Leopards leapfrog Posta Rangers to eighth while Ushuru remain 14th nine points clear of the relegation zone.
The taxmen could have taken an early lead in the first minute after Oscar Mbugua’s dashing run on the right flank released Philemon Otieno but the midfielder shot straight at the keeper.
Ken Kenyatta’s charges were sharp from the start and deservedly went ahead in the 18th after former Tusker player Odipo leapt high to head home Roy Okal’s corner.
Ushuru doubled their lead 12 minutes later when Ian Otieno parried Roosevelt Blaty’s initial effort from outside the box onto the path of Wafula who made no mistake the second time round blasting the ball to the back of the net.
Minnaert introduced Ingwe top scorer Aswani and Ongoma for Allan Kateregga and Yusuf Suf on the restart looking to get his charges back into the game.
Aswani had a chance to pull one back for the 12-time champions five minutes after the break after connecting to youngster Jack Bruno Kiyai inviting cross but his shot hit the side bar and went out for a goal kick.
Leopards continued pressing for a goal and came close four minutes later when Kiyai charged past two defenders but was hacked down just outside the box.
Recent acquisition, Malian Moussa Sissoko, playing his third game for the club, took the resultant free kick but his thumping shot veered slightly off target.
Aswani finally got his ninth goal for Ingwe five minutes past the hour mark getting on the end of Edwin Wafula’s well-weighted cross heading home for Leopards opener.
Ongoma restored parity one minute later after Shaban Odhoji misjudged his shot from outside the box for Leopards second.
He then got his brace and Leopard’s winner ten minutes to the end calmly slotting past Ushuru’s custodian in a one on one situation.
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