John Baraza may have tasted his first defeat with Sofapaka FC since taking over from Melis Medo when he went down 1-0 to champions Gor Mahia last evening, but he thinks it was a fair contest against a good side.
Sofa– on a 5-match winning streak, faced Gor at the Afraha Stadium in one of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) week 14’s biggest matches and took the fall from a lone Samuel Onyango strike in the first half. It’s all about having chances and taking them, Baraza- whose side drops to 4th on the log, says.
”Both sides fought very hard, it was a 50-50 kind of situation but you know it’s all about the chances. Gor Mahia got the chance and used it. We had ours but unfortunately we did not use them.
”That is the main difference,” says the former Kenyan International.
Sofa’s 5 game winning streak has been mainly attributed to their sharp attack- one that sent in four goals against former log leaders Mathare United in week 13- and, against Gor, coach Baraza surprised many when he threw in Piston Mutamba to the already deadly duo of John Avire and Umaru Kasumba.
It was part of a strategy to fell Gor, he says. Piston’s lanky frame to tire out Gor’s center-back pairing of Joahs Onyango and Harun Shakava.
”We started Piston because we wanted to tire the Gor Mahia defence then bring on someone to finish the job,” reveals Baraza who still insists he will use the former Green Commandos man.
”Mutamba hasn’t played the last three matches and he tried in this one. If he continues working in training the way he has been working then I will use him,”
The Sunday loss sees the 2009 champions drop three points behind Gor Mahia on the log but still keep a decent distance from new log leaders Bandari FC who are on 28 points.
They travel to Bukhungu next Saturday for a date with Kakamega Homeboyz FC.