Baraza regrets first half attitude against Mount Kenya despite victory

Former Kenyan International John Baraza- now in charge of Sofapaka Football Club, has his men at the helm of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) log after their midweek 3-1 over Mount Kenya United. Despite being held to a 1-1 draw by the break in the Machakos clash, Sofa turned up a different side in the second half to whip Mount Kenya and Baraza rues their first half attitude.

Batoto Ba Mungu had raced into a 1-0 lead courtesy of skipper Waruru Stephen but Timonah Wanyonyi canceled this out before the break. In the second half, a quick-fire Martin Oduor brace placed the leaders at a comfortable 3-1. Baraza admits his charges must have underrated Mount Kenya based on their placement in the log.

”Maybe it was the position of the team that made my players think it was going to be an easy game but it wasn’t,” he says, admitting that the bottom-placed team in the division, in fact, were the better team in the first half.

”In the first half, Mount Kenya had the bigger share of the game, in the second half we reminded our players that this is a big team and they should not play as is it’s a friendly match,” continues the man who took over from Mellis Medo, a coach standing in the opposite dugout on the day of the clash.

The half time talk was simple acccording to Baraza- go out and do the job.

”I told them to go and do what we have been doing in the training ground and they did it,” he concludes.

With 36 points after 19 rounds of matches, Sofa lead Kenya’s premier division- one point ahead of defending champions Gor Mahia FC. They welcome Vihiga United next on Wednesday for the round of 20 clash.