Mathies Kigonya saved one penalty and scored the winner as Sofapaka beat AFC Leopards 4-3 on post match penalties to clinch the Jamhuri Day Cup at the Nyayo National Stadium on Monday evening.

The Ugandan goalkeeper who is on his second stint at the club saved Ojo Olaniyi’s spot kick while Brian Wanyama hit the crossbar. Sofapaka scored four of their five kicks with only Alex Imbusia seeing his kick saved.

David Kasirye, Lucky Mweu, Stephen Okola and Kigonya scored. Leopards scored three of their kicks through Washington Munene, Giovanni Lukhumwa and Maxwell Otieno.

The game was forced to penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation time, with the 90-minute result counting for league points.

Leopards got into the lead in the 13th minute from the penalty spot after Jaffary Owiti was brought down by Stephen Okola inside the box.

Despite Nigerian import Ojo Olaniyi wanting to take responsibility, skipper Eugene Mukangula decided otherwise after a brief hurdle with Munene handed the duties.

The left back expertly tucked away the spot kick to give Ingwe an invaluable lead.

Just as has been their custom under Patrick Aussems, Leopards possessed the ball and passed around the pack, patiently waiting for another opportunity to strike.

Sofapaka were hitting them on the long balls planted behind the defense. One such play from keeper Mathias Kigonya almost bore the opening goal when the ball landed behind the backline.

Levis Opiyo in AFC’s goal came out to clear but his shot landed on a Sofapaka leg, the ball recycled to Davies Kasirye at the edge of the box but the striker’s volley rolled safely into the keeper’s gloves.

By Fred Azelwa.