Sofapaka stun KRA to stay in KPL title hunt

Sofapaka players celebrate Antony Ndolo's late goal that secured all the three points against KRA (Image: Courtesy)

A late goal from Antony Ndolo kept Sofapaka’s Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title ambitions on course following a 3-2 win over KRA in Machakos.

KRA, who had lost six matches in a row prior to this had fought from two goals down to draw 2-2 but wasted several chances to win the tie handing Sofapaka the lifeline.

“We are now one point behind the leaders (Gor Mahia on 51 points) and we will fight to the end. We might be facing tough opponents next, but we are focused on taking each match at a time and see what comes out of it at the end of the season. We switched off after going 2-0 up and we ended up conceding but I am pleased to win,” said Sofapaka coach Sam Timbe.

In a first half that had few chances for either side, Sofapaka broke the deadlock courtesy of a John Njoroge volley in the 32nd minute but KRA did not panic making life difficult for their opponents as Ivan Anguyo twice come close with well taken free-kicks.

Geoffrey Kataka was also lethal in KRA’s midfield, running rings around the Sofapaka back line but did not manage to find the back of the net. Once, his effort went just wide while his second attempt at close range was saved.

After the interval, Sofapaka doubled their advantage, Danson Kago heading them ahead two minutes after restart then the 2009 KPL champions went to sleep.

KRA took full advantage of the slumber as Carlson Mweresa pulled one back in the 53rd minute before Liberian Rosevelt Blaty made it two six minutes later. KRA should have won it later but both Blaty and Kataka fluffed their chances allowing Sofapaka to respond.