“They (Gor Mahia) may have the advantage but pressure from fans is too much on them. You can see how desperate they are to win matches. This is not a good sign and sooner or later the cracks will come.
“We intend to take over when this does happen,” Kalekwa told Goal. Kalekwa said Sofapaka are taking it easy and are not under pressure at all something he says will see them finish at the top of the league.
“We are enjoying ourselves and accepting the results we get along the way unlike leaders (Gor Mahia) where every match has become a matter of life and death.”
He regretted that Sofapaka has not been able to catch up with Gor Mahia in the last two matches but believes it is not lost yet. “We should have beaten Sony Sugar and Karuturi Sports. We would be at a better position to catch up with them if that had happened but we cannot look back but must focus on remaining matches.”
As it stands, Gor Mahia needs to win their next three games and they will be declared champions with two games to spare. Sofapaka now have 40 points from 25 games and they remain second. Ulinzi Stars’ chances of winning the title ended with their 2-2 draw with KCB at the Afraha Stadium last weekend.
or Mahia coach Bobby Williamson believes his players have the ability to withstand the pressure of trying to win this year’s Kenyan Premier League title.
The team is just nine points away from clinching the trophy that has eluded them since 1995 and can do it on October 27 if they beat Kakamega Homeboyz at home.
“I believe we can take the pressure till the end. My players have already proved they can do it in previous matches and I expect them to stay at it till the end.
“The fact that we have recovered very well after losing against Tusker shows that we are capable of staying on it until the end,” the Scot said in an interview with Goal.
Williamson also insisted that they don’t have to collect nine points to be crowned champions pointing that this is only necessary if Sofapaka win all their remaining five matches. “It is not done yet for us and we must keep our focus on the ball. However, we only need nine points if Sofapaka win all their matches which is not possible.”
And how does he deal with the pressure from fans? “I don’t watch television or read newspapers so it is easy for me to deal with the pressure.”