AFC Leopards 1-1 Fosa Juniors: Poor Ingwe concede away goal
Ingwe gave away what might prove to be a very costly goal against the Madagascan side at Bukhungu Stadium on Sunday

AFC Leopards will face a tall order to qualify in Caf Confederation Cup after they battled to a 1-1 draw against Fosa Juniors on Sunday.

The Kenya representatives will have a mountain to climb in the return leg where they will need a win to progress to the first round.

Ingwe started the match on a high note, taking the lead as early as the third minute but the visitors equalized 12 minutes later through captain Rado Mbolasoa.

This was the first time that AFC Leopards were returning to Bukhungu for a continental assignment in 31 years. The last time they played here, in a Caf game, was way back in 1987 where they beat Egyptian giants, Ah Ahly 2-1 with Joe Masiga hitting a brace in the historic win.

Fans expected that Bukhungu would welcome back the team with the same luck that smiled on them 31 years ago but they were left counting loses in bus fare after Ingwe pulled yet another lethargic display.

New signing Yusuf Mainge scored for Ingwe but Fosa Juniors responded with a 15th minute equalizer as the home side struggled in the game.

Fosa Juniors coach, Andre Watzel had labeled AFC Leopards a ‘disorganized’ side and the Kenyan representatives lived up to their newly acquired name with schoolboy mistakes in a crucial match played in Western Kenya.

AFC Leopards poor away record in the continental assignments will be another thing for coach Robert Matano to worry about ahead of the trip to the Indian Ocean island nation.

Isaac Oduro's free-kick was tipped over the bar by Ramaritany Damien and the frustration for a second goal saw Matano make two changes at a go, bringing off the below per Uche and Okaka for Collins 'Gattuso' Okoth and Baker Lukooya.

Matano made his final substitution, bringing in Ezekiel Odera for Whyvonne Isuza as he sought for the winning goal against the hard fighting Juniors.

The return leg will be played on the weekend of February 20 in Antananarivo in Madagascar. 

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AFC Leopards staring XI: Gabriel Andika, Isaac Oduro, Robinson Kamura, Yusuf Mainge, Duncan Otieno (c), Victor Majid, Wyvonne Isuza, Oburu Vincent, Henry Uche, Prince Arkoh and Aziz Okaka.

Subs: Adira Jairus (GK), Brian Marita, Ezekiel Odera, Collins "Gattuso' Okoth, Baker Lukooya and Moses Mburu.

Fosa Juniors starting XI: 22. Ramaritany Damien (GK), 4. Jean Romario Baggio, 5. Pierre Tiavina, 7. Herisoa Santatra, 8. Jean Claude Lolody, 12. Bakary Mario, 15. Theodin Roger, 23. Adriamirado Aro Hasina, (C) 27. Rado Mbolasoa, 24. Dieu Donne Henry, 19. Jean Vyes.

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