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Late Baraza strike rescues Sofapaka


SOFAPAKA-FANSNAIROBI, April 29 – Veteran forward John Baraza struck late to help GOtv Shield Champions, Sofapaka salvage a point against struggling KCB as the two shared a 1-1 draw in a Kenyan Premier League mid-week clash in Machakos on Wednesday.

Ronald Musana gave the Bankers the lead in the 14th minute from a Victor Majid pass but their dream of registering a second win of the season was snatched at the death when Baraza headed home an Enock Agwanda cross.

Batoto Ba Mungu dropped points for the second successive game, a week after holding champions and leaders Gor Mahia to a goalless draw to remain stuck in seventh.

Despite trailing by a goal to nil in the opening half, Sofapaka were the better side creating more chances through Ekaliani Ndolo and Danson Kago but none of them could beat KCB keeper, Sammy Okinda.

Ndolo rattled the woodwork on the 18th after exchanging passes with Baraza as Danson Kago forced Mark Odhiambo to clear the ball on the line five minutes latter for a fruitless corner.

The Bankers got their second chance at the half hour mark through Raymond Murugi who almost beat David Okello with his well curled cross from the right that also hit the crossbar as Felly Mulumba cleared the rebound.

The second half saw Paul Kiongera make his debut since returning to the club from Tanzania’s Simba SC as KCB sat back to defend their lead.

Sofapaka piled on the pressure but Okinda stood tall to deny Ellie Asieche and Baraza but could not resist the latter’s powerful header in the 90th minute.

Sofapaka were without injured duo of midfielders David Bagoole and Erastus Mwaniki who picked knock in training.

The league continues Friday with wounded AFC Leopards hosting Sony Sugar at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium, as they seek their first win in two matches.