That football the world over is a sensitive sport goes without saying which explains the reason why a litany of coaches have lost their jobs after presiding over poor results.
The same has been replicated in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) where coaches have faced the sack after losing two matches on a trot. Such is the situation Sofapaka Head Coach Sam Ssimbwa finds himself in going into the team’s midweek match against AFC Leopards at Narok sub-county stadium today from 4pm.
Sofapaka has had a shaky start in the season when they went down 3-0 to Bandari and after they recovered to edge Kakamega Homeboy 1-0, they seem to have flattered to deceive last weekend when they crashed 3-1 to the league table-toppers Mathare United.
However, the team’s deputy coach John Baraza does think they have the pedigree to bounce back by beating Leopards. “We played a very tactical Mathare side and our players gave their all.
Our fans should not look too much into the result and hopefully, there is chance of making amends in the fixture against Leopards,” said Baraza.
Although, they may have been blighted by their elimination in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) championships preliminary round by Malagasy side Fosa Juniors, Leopards will be greatly inspired by their 2-1 win over Ulinzi Stars at their resumption of the domestic football last weekend.
In the meantime, Gor Mahia, will be seeking to dislodge Mathare United from the KPL summit with another equally involving midweek action against Tusker at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
Tusker relinquished the KPL title to Gor last year which means they have a score to settle with K’Ogalo who are basking in the pride of qualifying to the first round of the Africa Champions League at the expense of Les Vegeteranios of Equatorial Guinea.