AFC Leopards head coach Patrick Aussems had lauded his charges for squeezing a 2-0 win out of Bandari at the Thika Municipal Stadium.

Robert Mudenyu and substitute Peter Thiong’o scored the goals in the second half, to avenge AFC Leopards 2-1 loss against Bandari in the first leg at Mbaraki Grounds in February.

AFC Leopards’ Robert Mudenyu scores the opener moments into the second half in Thika. PHOTO/SCREENGRAB

“I am happy about the performance. I am happy about the result especially in these circumstances. (Peter) Thiong’o came in and took advantage of the work of Harrison (Mwenda) to score the second goal so it is a team work,” Aussems said after the match.

AFC Leopards who went into the tie without five key players whose contracts with the club has lapsed; them goalkeepers Benjamin Ochan and John Oyemba, center back Clyde Senaji and midfielders Said Tsuma and Hansel Ochieng’, the Belgian tactician more than pleased with the showing on Friday afternoon.

Aussems in an interview after the match. PHOTO/SCREENGRAB

“The team changed a lot because of some issues but I trust all my players and they proved today that I can count on them so it is very interesting. We made a good performance, as usual we try to play football. Am really happy for the players who were here today,” the former Simba head coach said.

Apart from resuscitating their dying title hopes, the win also cools AFC Leopards Cup heartache after losing 4-1 on post-match penalties to archrivals Gor Mahia on Sunday.

AFC Leopards lost the FKF Betway Cup to archrivals Gor Mahia on post-match penalties Sunday. PHOTO/SCREENGRAB

Ingwe who are in third place on 43 points trim the gap between them and leaders Tusker to seven points while moving to within two points of KCB, 23 games into the season.

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