Sofapaka team manager Willis Waliaula has refuted claims that he helped fix a match where relegation-threatened Western Stima stunned the 2009 champions 3-1 in a SportPesa Premier League match held at the Narok Stadium.
His denial comes after a post that he says was taken in the wrong context went viral on the social media. “I was reacting to a post on facebook made by a friend of mine. He had said that with GOtv ending their sponsorship for Shield competition, Betway had showed interest in sponsoring the competition from next season and all I said was that they are welcome if they have a better offer,” said Waliaula.
He added: “Later someone took a screen shot of my comment without including the original message and used it to imply that I was talking about our Saturday message.” Despite the claims, Stima has always been a tough nut to crack for Sofapaka as they even caused the sacking of coach Sam Ssimbwa during his first tenure with the side after a 4-0 drubbing.
Meanwhile, with Gor Mahia having already been declared the undisputed 2017 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions with four games to spare, the focus not turns to the relegation dogfight which is getting stiffer as the seasons nears the home-stretch.
After overcoming Ulinzi Stars 1-0 few days ago in a shock result, AFC Leopards who are lying in the 11th position are seemingly off the hook which is a big relief to their faithful. In contrast, the teams which face the real danger of joining the already condemned Muhoroni Youth in kissing goodbye the top-tier league are Nakumatt, Zoo Kericho, Mathare United and Thika United unless they up their game.
With an average of four matches left to play, Muhoroni who are in the basement of the league suffered a morale-shattering 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Kakamega Homeboyz at the weekend, in a result that all but put to bed their fate in the season.