Will AFC Leopards go past Fosa Juniors in the return leg?

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Will Ingwe defy the odds and proceed to the second round of the Caf Confederation Cup despite conceding an away goal?

AFC Leopards is perceived to be a sleeping giant as far as African football is concerned.

With massive following and ability to attract the best players in the whole of Africa, Ingwe, can easily conquer the continent, but every time a chance comes on their way, they bottle it up!

Against Madagascan side Fosa Juniors, the Robert Matano led side had an opportunity to get maximum points and possibly a clean sheet ahead of the second leg.

Despite the huge crowd behind the team, and the quality players on his disposal, the former Tusker tactician failed technically resulting to a one all draw.

AFC Leopards squad v Fosa Juniors.

     AFC Leopards squad before the first leg

Definitely, Ingwe fans are anxious ahead of the second leg; will the Leopard roar to the next round of the competition? That is the question that many football fans are asking after the1-1 draw. Well, let us look at how the Kenyan side has performed in away matches in the competition.

After mercilessly hammering Congo United 4-1 in the FKF Cup in 2009, Leopards had an opportunity to represent the nation in the Caf Confederation Cup.

The team was paired with Ethiopian side Banks FC in the preliminary round. Despite comfortably winning 3-1 at home in the first leg, Leopards fell 3-0 away and were eventually eliminated on a 4-3 aggregate.

Despite appealing to Caf claiming the Ethiopian side fielded an ineligible player, their case was thrown out after Banks were found not guilty of Leopards claims.

Then came the year 2014! Ingwe had won the rights to represent the nation after downing their bitter rivals Gor Mahia by a solitary goal the previous year.

The East African side was paired with an Ethiopian side once again, Defence Force. Goals from Martin Imbalambala and Jacob Keli - in the first leg, as well as an Allan Wanga brace in the second leg, was enough to see Leopards through; 4-1 on aggregate.

Fosa Juniors of Madagascar.

     Fosa Junior squad before the first leg

The first leg ended 2-0, with the second one ending 2-1, both in Ingwe's favour. Then South African side Supersport came calling. First half strikes from David Mathebula and Jerry Chenene ensured the Kenyan side came home limping.

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The James Nandwa coached side needed three goals to qualify to the next phase. James Situma and Wanga scored but those were nothing but mere consolations as the visitors had ensured spoils were shared courtesy of Phala Thuso and Doutie Sameegh.

It is clear from the above facts that Ingwe struggle when in foreign land, and with the confidence within Fosa Juniors side, it might be a tough call for the Kenyan side.

Will Ingwe defy the odds and proceed to the second round of the Caf competition?

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