On-form Sofapaka host ‘Otenga’ in Machakos

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 00:00 |
Sofapaka players train at Eastleigh High School yesterday. Photo/PD/WEBSTER NYANDIKA

Since they parted ways with Portuguese coach Divaldo Alves and subsequently gave the mantle to local trainer John Baraza, Sofapaka seems to have overcome their distinct problems on the pitch.

At some point in the current Kenyan Premier League campaign, Sofapaka, then placed in mid-table of the chart, had a stuttering spell which raised a lot of concern among their faithful.

Today, Sofapaka plunges into a round 13th midweek fixture against hosts Kisumu All Stars at Moi Stadium and Baraza has refused to be carried away by the purple patch, insisting that he still have a lot to do to be up there in terms of input.

‘’One may allude that we have had a productive spell but personally, I think we are still work in progress. I have told the players to keep on working hard and the rest shall fall in place,’’ said Baraza. 

With no single Sofapaka player called up in the national team Harambee Stars for the ongoing Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda, Baraza has his squad intact with Timonah Wanyonyi and Kepha Aswani expected to provide a lot of inspiration for the team in the lakeside town.

Meanwhile, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) continued causing a statement of intent in the league with a resounding 5-2 win over Posta Rangers in a rather busy weekend.

Even without Head Coach Zedekiah ‘’Zico’’ Otieno who is with the national team in Uganda, the team’s deputy tutor Godfrey Oduor did wonders and it seems KCB can only get better in their remaining fixtures.

KCB are placed in the fourth position and have a match in hand over Kakamega Homeboyz and Tusker who are above them which implies that another victory will see them being a touching distance of table-toppers Gor Mahia.

Before the feat by the bankers, it was Bandari who hit the headlines for all the good reasons after they ended their rough patch by pummeling Wazito 4-1.

However, Bandari remain in an odd 12th position and will need to win more matches if they are to wind up in a respectable slot at the end of their league campaign.

Kakamega Homeboyz also had something to smile about after they clipped Nzoia Sugar 2-1, a result which helped the team, which is placed third, bridge the gap with Tusker and Gor who occupy the second and first positions respectively.

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