They are the only team with the most realistic chance of denying Gor Mahia a second successive Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title.
However, 2009 champions Sofapaka face an uphill task if they have to realise that dream as their last four fixtures will be very tough to navigate.
They face struggling Ushuru (formerly KRA) this afternoon at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos before facing leaders Gor Mahia, Tusker FC and AFC Leopards in their final three matches.
This, not to mention Monday’s date with Leopards in the semi final of the GOtv Shield, a Mashujaa Day special at the City Stadium.
Gor have a seemingly easier path to the title as they play Sofapaka, Muhoroni Youth and Ushuru in their final three.
Sofapaka had a chance to increase their hopes but they picked only a point against Sony Sugar in Awendo in their last match, a result that left them four points off the pace and now, they have to beat Ken Kenyatta’s side today and hope that K’Ogalo falter against Mathare United on Saturday.
Sofapaka coach Sam Timbe is, however unperturbed by the tough fixtures.
“To us, every match is important. We are not looking at the game against Gor or against AFC or Tusker. Our focus at the moment is the next match against KRA and we want to post positive results. As I said from the onset, this league is a marathon and we will know the winner when we get to the tape,” said the Ugandan tactician.
Ushuru, meanwhile, have lost six in a row and would want to bounce back to winning ways.
“We have not had the results we desire but we are working hard to get back. It will be tough against Sofapaka in Machakos but we are looking at getting good results,” said Kenyatta.
Having won the first leg 3-0 in Nairobi, Timbe’s men will seek to complete the double over the taxmen.