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Sofapaka, Sharks finally out to pile pressure on Gor, Mathare

Charles Thuku @PeopleSports11 Three teams including Kariobangi Sharks, Sofapaka and Chemelil Sugar seem overly determined to end the renaissance of Gor Mahia and Mathare United who have been exchanging the lead in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL).

Gor did themselves a big favour by overcoming Bandari 2-0 which saw them leapfrog Mathare at the top of the league chart with a two-point advantage. However, Gor paid dearly for the win after their youthful international defender Welington Ochieng’ collided with Bandari’s Keegan Ndemi and in the process twisting his ankle which rules out him out of the Africa Champions League first round first leg match against Esperance of Tunis on Wednesday.

Prior to Gor’s conquest over the dockers which enabled them to take a runaway lead, Mathare stood pretty at the top but appeared to have shot themselves on the foot 24 hours later in as far as regaining the top position is concerned after they settled for uninspiring 1-1 draw away with Thika United.

In Machakos, Sofapaka’s change of approach appeared to have paid dividends as they bruised the egos of Posta Rangers in a 2-1 win, Stephen Waruru (pictured) and Kepha Aswani scoring in either half to ease the pressure off coach Sam Ssimbwa who had been grappling with a loss going into the fixture.

“The players showed hunger to win and I’m glad they have achieved that. We have just made a gigantic step in our quest of catching up with the front-runners in the league and hopefully, we should be up there sooner rather than later,” said Ssimbwa. Now placed third in the chart, Sofapaka will be hoping to continue with the winning mentality to challenge for the top honours.

In the meantime, Kariobangi Sharks’ shaky performance which had raised concern amongst their faithful have suddenly burst into life and having beaten newcomers Wazito by a convincing 4-1 margin, they can now dare dream of being among the frontrunners in the league.

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