Sofapaka edged out Gor Mahia 3-2 in a Kenyan Premier League match marred with chaos at Machakos Stadium on Sunday.
The win opens wide title chase as Batoto ba Mungu cement second position on 53 points and Gor Mahia remain at the top with 54 points. Sofapaka recovered quickly from an early own goal by Eugine Asike in second minute and were back in the match after 18 minutes thanks to a Fiston Rizak goal.
Rizak was picked out well by John Njoroge with a long cross and he simply chested the ball picked his spot to score the equaliser. The Burundian then scored his second in the 52nd minute out-jumping his markers to head home Enock Agwanda’s long throw in.
The Gor Mahia defenders will blame themselves for not stopping Razak, who had a clear free header to put his side ahead. It was a fast paced start for Gor Mahia. Godfrey Walusimbi attempted to pick out George Odhiambo but Eugine Asike was quick to stop the danger.
But instead of putting the ball out, Asike shot directly at his own net. Goalkeeper David Okello was in motion at the same time and his effort to clear the danger ended up in the net. Despite conceding the early goal, Sofapaka kept up the fight for an equaliser and were rewarded with three corners in a span of six minutes.
At the half hour mark George Odhiambo’s attempt to score was well blocked as Gor Mahia stepped up the search for a second goal. Then Godfrey Walusimbi’s shot at goal gave David Okello problems as the Sofapaka goalkeeper could not hold onto it and a waiting Dan Sserunkuma failed to take advantage of the opportunity.
Sserunkuma was a bit selfish with the ball. He should have played with Eric Ochieng instead of trying to go for goal. David Okello was cautioned by centre referee Nasor Doka for talking back at the match official.
In the second half, Sofapaka allowed Gor Mahia too much space into their half and could easily have been punished. Sofapaka however, were the more pressing side forcing two corners in a row even as Clifftone Miheso went in referees book for a foul play.
In 52nd minute, Enock Agwanda had a long throw in which found Fiston Razak waiting to head home and he did in spectacular style silencing the large number of
Anthony Ndolo scored the third in the 73rd minute before Geoffrey Kizito pulled one back