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Ingwe captain denies that he deliberately injured Sofapaka and Harambee Stars' goalie Duncan Ochieng’ saying it was accidental and prays for quick recovery

AFC Leopards’ captain Martin Imbalambala has denied reports that he deliberately injured Sofapaka goalkeeper Duncun Ochieng’.

Instead, the midfielder has said the injury to Ochieng’ was an accident for which he should not be blamed. “We went for the ball together and then he fell awkwardly. "I never stepped on him or lashed out in anywhere and so reports that it was a deliberate move on my part is wrong.

"I also want to wish Duncan (Ochieng’) a quick recovery and pray that he makes a speedy return to action,” Imbalambala told Goal.

Sofapaka President Elly Kalekwa revealed to Goal on Tuesday that the club had petitioned Kenya Premier League to have Imbalambala punished for the deliberate injury.

“His (Imbalambala) action was deliberate and what we are surprised about is that the referee did not even issue him with a caution yet this was a live game.”

Kalekwa claimed that prior to the incident, Imbalambala was seen trying to injure Ochieng’ on at least three occasions. The goalkeeper has in the meantime, said he hopes to come back sooner than the three months doctors have prescribed for him.

“The operation went very well and I hope that I can come back sooner than the three months doctors said it will take to heal,” said Ochieng from his hospital bed.

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