Baraza keen to inculcate the winning mentality back at Sofapaka

Former Kenyan international John Baraza ascended to the role of head coach at Sofapaka for the third stint in the past week and he guided the team to a 2-1 win over Wazito FC in his first game, and he notes that he wants to see a consistent run of wins to lift the team.

Kepha Aswana and Brian Nyakan netted the goals for Sofapaka at the Narok County Stadium on Sunday 10 November, bringing to an end a run of three winless outings and Baraza termed it the springboard for future matches as he looks to challenge for honors this time.

Take the mantle

Having served under Portuguese coach Divaldo Alves for the opening eight matches of the season, Baraza is expected to take the mantle as the team seeks to turn its fortunes around, and he acknowledges that the journey into the future won’t be easy. He is however ready to fold his sleeves and go for the kill.

“It is going to be tough for us in the future because we do not belong where we are (on the league standings). We have to string together a number of wins for us to be where we are used to being as Sofapaka. The work has just started and I am happy because the players know just how crucial this is.

Basic target

“The strategy for us is very basic; we go to training aiming for wins, and we go to matches aiming for three points. This is the mentality we want in the team,” he said in the post match interviews on Madgoat TV.

The win saw Sofapaka rise to 10th on the KPL log, with 11 points and they will be facing the only unbeaten side in the league, Mathare United in their next assignment.