Kenya Sofapaka recover from Kariobangi Sharks setback to revive relegation hopes

Sofapaka bounced back from their disastrous 5-2 hammering by Kariobangi Sharks to defeat Posta Rangers 2-1 and keep alive their slim hopes of avoiding relegation from the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League at the end of the season.

Batoto ba Mungu headed into the round of 30 fixture downcast with head coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno sending a war cry to his playing unit to improve on their game from the Sharks display if they are to keep their status in the top-flight.

And true to Otieno’s words, Sofapaka looked dangerous from the onset against the Mailmen and they raced into a 2-0 half-time lead courtesy of goals from Darius Msagha in the 17th minute and Rodgers Kipkemoi in the 40th minute. Though Posta pulled a goal back in the 56th minute, it was not enough to deny Sofapaka their seventh win of the campaign which saw them dislodge Shabana from position 15 with 31 points.

Shabana’s hopes of staying above Sofapaka were dealt a blow after coming from a goal down to force a 1-1 draw against FC Talanta at Homabay Stadium. Talanta took the lead in the 51st minute before Mathew Tegisi levelled matters in the 61st minute.

Tore Bobe dropped to 16th on 29 points, Muhoroni, who played out to a 0-0 draw against Bandari at home, remained 17th with 28 points, and Nzoia Sugar stayed rooted at the bottom with 18 points following their 1-0 defeat against Kakamega Homeboyz.

Elsewhere, AFC Leopards finally ended Kenya Police’s 16-game unbeaten run in all competitions following a hard-fought 1-0 win at the new Dandora Stadium on Wednesday. Heading into the contest, the law enforcers were undefeated under coach Salim Babu since they had last lost 1-0 against Tusker on December 20, 2023.

The unbeaten streak had started in the game against Kakamega Homeboyz, whom they thrashed 3-0, beat Bidco United 1-0, beat Nzoia Sugar 2-0, shocked champions Gor Mahia 3-1, drew 0-0 against Posta Rangers, edged out Shabana 1-0, before beating Posta Rangers 1-0 in the round of 32 of the Mozzart Bet FKF Cup.

On return to league action, they drew 0-0 against Ulinzi Stars, drew 1-1 with Muhoroni Youth, tossed out Coast Stima from the FKF Cup in Round of 16 after a 3-1, beat FC Talanta in the league 2-1, beat KCB 1-0, beat Sofapaka 1-0 before eliminating them (Sofapaka) from the FKF Cup after a 4-0 mauling in the quarter-final.

They then sealed a double over Homeboyz after a 1-0 win; and beat City Stars 2-1 before AFC Leopards stopped their amazing run on Wednesday.After a cagey first half which did not produce goals, Ingwe finally scored what turned out to be the winner courtesy of Victor Omune in the 76th minute.

The defeat denied Police a chance to cut Gor Mahia’s lead at the top to nine points, as they dropped to third with 54 points and the reigning champions can stretch it further when they take on KCB today (Thursday).

On the other hand, Tusker leap-frogged Police to the second position on the 18-team table despite a 2-2 draw against Nairobi City Stars. Michael Kibwage scored the opener for the Brewers in the 30th minute before Erik Kapaito continued with his fine form after notching the second in the 30th minute.

Simba wa Nairobi then recovered with goals from Samuel Kapen in the 73rd minute and Mohammed Bajaber, who salvaged the vital point in added minutes from the penalty spot. Tusker are now on 55 points, eight fewer than Gor Mahia, while City Stars stayed sixth on 46 points.


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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