On Thursday, Sofapaka coach Stewart Hall had said he had a lot of work to do before turning the club to a winning outfit and he was very right if Friday’s 2-1 home loss at the City Stadium to Western Stima is anything to go by.
He had said Sofapaka has brilliant individual talent but were poor as a team. Humphrey Mieno scored a brilliant goal to equalise an early strike by Daniel Onyango, but the ‘Batoto Ba Mungu’ gave away a second-half penalty to drop the three points.
“I am disappointed. We played well and lost. I said I still have a lot of work to do here we need tactical and technical discipline. We need to move as a team, but that is not happening yet,” he said.
It was Sofapaka’s fourth game without a win and the result has all but ended their title ambitions. But Hall refuses to give up on the title race.
“We still have matches in which we can recover and put up a strong challenge. The top sides will also drop points but at this point, its going to be difficult for us,’’ he said.
Sofapaka found themselves on the backseat after three minutes when Onyango’s rifling shot, a rebound from a corner, beat Duncan Ochieng in goal.
But in the 28th minute, Mieno weaved past four Stima defenders and the goalkeeper to stab home an equaliser.
Stima, undone, came back forcefully in the second-half and were rewarded in the 58th minute when Edgar Ochieng was penalised for pulling down Wesley Kemboi.
Taking the resultant free-kick, Alloys Mangi sent Ochieng the wrong way. Stima defended well to record their second straight win after last week’s 2-1 victory over AFC Leopards.
It was Sofapaka’s second successive loss after going down by 1-0 to Ulinzi in Nakuru last week.
On Friday, Chemelil Sugar twice came from behind to hold Mathare to a 2-2 draw. Mathare surged ahead with a goal from Andrew Tololwa in the 24th minute for a first half 1-0 lead.
But James Agemba levelled the scores in the 61st minute and a minute later, Tololwa raced past Chemelil defenders to score the second goal only for Chemelil’s Jared Obwoge to level the scores in the 87th minute.