AFC Leopards' celebrated wildly on Saturday reasons – ending jinx by beating Chemelil, posting victory as James Nandwa started his reign and sailing through to the quarter-finals of the GOtv Shield Cup at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.
It was a sweet win for Ingwe,who finally downed the sugar millers courtesy of a Charles Okwemba goal in 73rd minute after heading home Abdalla Juma's well curved free-kick. The win ended Leopards' ten year winless run against the sugar millers apart from sending them into the quarters of the competition.
But even before the goal came, Leopards’ had shown every intention of winning this one determined to revenge last Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Chemelil, which led to the sacking of former coach Luc Eymael.
However, it was Chemelil who went on the offensive from the word go and forced Leopards to concede the first corner of the match inside the first minute. Leopards' midfielder Paul Were was at horn in Chemelil defense and kept them quite busy by sending dangerous crosses to the teams forward line.
In the eighth minute, Martin Imbalambala missed by a whisker from putting Leopards' ahead but shot wide. Then five minutes later, Jared Obwoge was caught off-side on his way to putting the sugar millers ahead.
At the 20th minute mark, Allan Wanga appeared to have put Leopards' ahead after connecting a Paul Were cross but the match referee ruled that the ball had gone out.
Then Chemelil survived two attempts. First Abdalla Juma's shot was blocked and then Wanga headed wide with plenty of space to score as his effort flew wide. Inside the half hour mark, Were sent in another of his fantastic crosses which Chemelil goalkeeper missed but was quickly cleared.
Second half substitute Dan Wagaluka was cautioned a few minutes after coming onto the pitch for dangerous play but it still did not slow down Leopards, who were determined to register victory.