NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 21- Sofapaka’s faint hopes of surviving relegation were handed a huge shot in the arm on Friday after a 2-1 win over ten-man Muhoroni Youth at the Ruaraka Complex, a result that takes them 15th and five points close to safety with three matches to go.
Batoto ba Mungu will however, hope 14th placed Ushuru falter on Sunday when they take on Thika United, a result that will give them some hope of remaining in the top flight.
Skipper Johnson Bagoole keeps the faith his side will manage a huge comeback having spent most of the season in the bottom two.
“It is a huge result today and we shall fight till the end of the season to see to it that we survive. I believe we will win all the remaining three games and avoid relegation. We work together as a team and fight for one purpose,” the Ugandan said after the match.
Muhoroni seemed hang-overed from their KPL Top Eight triumph party last Sunday and stand in coach Tom Juma admitted as much.
“I had that feeling that maybe we might be affected by the result last weekend and my fears were actually confirmed when we started the match. I have to admit that the boys were really not prepared to play this match,” Juma said.
Muhoroni had to play 40 minutes of the game with ten men after keeper Farouk Shikhalo was sent off for bringing down former team mate Paul Odhiambo inside the box.
The 2009 KPL champions went ahead in the 10th minute after defender George Maelo rose highest inside the box to head in a free-kick from Noah Abich on the right.
Sofapaka’s hunger continued and they had another chance in the 26th minute with Odhiambo’s shot going straight to Shikhalo in the Muhoroni goal.
With his side failing to create anything meaningful in attack, Juma made his first change, offloading Samuel Ndung’u for David Otieno on the half hour mark.
The sugar belt side found themselves two down five minutes after the restart with Abich slotting home from the spot after Shikhalo brought down Odhiambo.
Muhoroni head coach Juma was forced to sacrifice forward Benjamin Mosha for reserve keeper Timothy Igweta after Shikhalo’s red crad.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, Muhoroni pulled one back in the 83rd minute, also from the penalty spot after substitute Lwamba Bebeto was brought down inside the box by Sofapaka skipper Bagoole.
The Congolese stepped forward to take responsibility against his former side, sending Mathews Kigonya the wrong way to halve the deficit for the sugar belt side.,
Despite some late surge from the visitors, Sofapaka managed to hold on for the vital three points.