Sofapaka claw AFC Leopards
Bob Mugalia scored a brace as Sofapaka’s resurgence continued with a 3-1 hiding of AFC Leopards at Nyayo National Stadium on Wednesday evening.
John Njoroge got the other goal as the 2009 champions outclassed, out-thought and out-fought Leopards in a performance full of verve and vigour to register their third win in four matches.
The result lifted them upto fifth in the league standings with 23 points ahead of Gor Mahia on goal difference.
It was Leopards’ third straight defeat adding pressure on Coach Nick Yakhama who has now only won one match since he took over.
Leopards had spent a fortune in the transfer window and the coach threw on the new boys with Mike Baraza, Jimmy Bageya and Francis Chinjili forming a three pronged attack.
Matches between these sides are always explosive and Leopards keeper Boniface Tiema had to be at his best to keep out a Humphrey Mieno header on five minutes.
They went ahead on 17 minutes when Mugalia chased down a long ball, sneaked in past defender John Amboko to flick past the keeper before slotting it into an empty net.
The goal lifted the victors and they could have increased the lead on 25 minutes when a three minute spell of possession ended with a great chance for Mugalia only for the striker to fire over.
A minute later, Patrick Kagogo dragged his shot wide and on the half hour mark, Titus Mulama forced Tiema to a low save.
They went two up four minutes before halftime when Mieno put Njoroge through on goal, the ball took a fortunate touch off a defender and Njoroge made no mistake with a fine finish off the post.
Leopards started the second half eager to reduce the deficit and they halved it on 56 minutes.
Chinjili was brought down on the edge of the box and fellow new signing Jonas Nahimana curled in a quite delightful freekick to make it 2-1.
But any hopes of a comeback were dashed 11 minutes from time after a lightning counter attack. Kagogo found John Baraza down the left and his nifty footwork left Edgar Waudo on his backside before crossing for Mugalia who crashed a first time volley into the net.