Sofapaka’s hopes of winding up in the second position in the Kenyan Premier League received a severe jolt after they lost 3-1 to Western Stima at Narok Stadium yesterday.
The result eased the relegation worries by Stima who will need to win their remaining fixtures to be safe.
It was Ugandan import Robert Achema who was the destroyer-in-chief after scoring a brace in one of the fastest paced matches this season. Brain Arasa scored the third goal to frustrate Sofapaka’s efforts of surging in the league.
In sub county stadium Thika, Mathare United who beat Gor Mahia a week ago earned another crucial point after holding Thika United to a one-all draw.
Mathare were quicker off the blocks as they raced to a lead when former Gor Mahia-man Cliff Nyakeya took advantage of Thika’s defensive lapse to find the back of the net past goalkeeper Allan Owiny.
Unperturbed by the setback, Thika United launched raids at the Sofapaka goalmouth and Eugene Makungula who combined well with Shami Kibwana obliged with the equaliser.
The Thika backline of Suleiman Ngotho, Chris Oruchum and Zack Matasi absorbed pressure from Mathare in the dying minutes but stood firm to deny the visitors more goals.
In Muhoroni, hosts Muhoroni Youth continued sinking deeper into relegation after losing 3-0 to Kakamega Homeboyz.
The enterprising Wycliffe Opondo shot Homeboyz into the lead with his power-packed shot too hot to handle for Muhoroni goalkeeper Gradus Ochieng’.
Still dictating pace, Homeboyz scored the second goal through Jeremiah Wanjala before Francis Ocholla put the game beyond the reach of the hosts with a well-taken third goal.
In Ruaraka, former Sofapaka defender scored for Bandari to secured a rare 1-0 win over battling Nakumatt
Mulumba struck through a free kick outside the 18-yard box moments after the dockers had staved off attacks from Nakumatt danger-man Kepha Aswani.