The 1-1 draw against Vihiga United on Thursday further sets John Baraza’s Sofapaka back as regards the race for the title. Having held forte at the top fo the 18-team table standings for a brief period, the former Kenyan International saw defending champions Gor Mahia ascend to the top with their matches in hand played in Kisumu and can only wish for a slip now.
Speaking after the Vihiga United fixture, Baraza aims at correcting a few mistakes from the tie and then work solely on producing positive results in the remaining few matches. He does not believe the league is already done and dusted even with Gor opening a seven-point gap.
”Anything can happen and we still have matches to play. Ours is to make sure we put forward good results and we still hope something will happen, that Gor Mahia will slip somewhere along the way,” says Baraza.
From his clash against Vihiga, the Sofa boss doesn’t think it was an easy game going by his opponent’s strategy for the clash. For a better part of the opening exchanges, Vihiga pinned Batoto Ba Mungu in their own half and launched an array of attacks, very much proof of side that was keen on causing an upset.
”This was a very tough game, Vihiga came here wanting to get some points and they fought for the point,” notes Barry.
His side, however, took the lead through Stephen Waruru and could have bagged all three points had it not been for a Chris Masinza reply later on in the clash. It was a simple goal from Baraza’s standpoint.
”For my boys, It was a lapse in concentration because it was a simple goal for Vihiga,” he says, very much worried that he only has one day of training before their next match.
”We don’t have enough days, we have only one and we will use it to correct the simple mistakes.”
Sofa’s next fixture has them in Kericho to face Zoo FC, a side very much in relegation threat and from whom they should expect a fierce contest for points. Leaders Gor Mahia, on the other hand, will wit out week 21 fixtures as they are busy in the continent.