Sofapaka cut Gor Mahia’s lead

By nesta kizito
Oct 16, 2014

The Kenyan Premier League resumed on Thursday evening after a two-week recess as Sofapaka narrowed the gap between them and leaders Gor Mahia to just one point with a hard fought 3-2 victory over KRA at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

KRA seemed to have done just enough to dent Sofapaka’s title ambitions, having rallied from two goals down to level the scores, only for Anthony Ndolo to break their hearts with a last gasp strike for Batoto ba Mungu.

The result moved Sofapaka to 50 points from 27 matches behind leaders and defending champions Gor Mahia, who have amassed 51 points from 26 outings.

“We still very much in the title race, but we have to avoid conceding easy goals in our upcoming matches,” Sofapaka coach Sam Timbe said after the match. Pressure will now be on K’Ogalo to re-establish a four-point lead when they take on Mathare United on Sunday at City Stadium.

It took Sofapaka just half hour to get into the scoresheet when KRA’s Douglas Okumu misdirected his clearance from Enock Agwanda’s trademark long throw-in onto the path of John Njoroge who thumped the ball home.

Firmly in command

Five minutes after the break, Sofapaka were firmly in command of the game when they doubled the lead through Danson Kago’s header from Njoroge’s corner kick.

But KRA refused to go down without a fight and were duly rewarded almost instantly when Geoffrey Kataka and Carlson Mweresa combined well for their opening goal.

KRA were on level terms eight minutes later when Roosevelt Blatty breached Sofapaka defence for the equalizer.

Thereafter, the tax men piled pressure as they chased the match winner but were let down by poor finishing.

They would live to regret their wastefulness when Ndolo delivered the hammer blow with virtually the last kick of the ball. Seven more fixtures are on the cards this weekend starting with AFC Leopards’ match against Thika United on Friday at City Stadium.

There is no clear favourite in this match, although Leopards, who are finding themselves in very unfamiliar territory at this time of the season, are more hard pressed to deliver a positive result.

Going into the final four matches of the season, Ingwe lie 12th on the log with 32 points, six places below Thika United who have accumulated 37 points from 26 matches.