Sofapaka held to barren draw by Zoo


Sofapaka held to barren draw by Zoo
Sofapaka FC head coach John Baraza reacts during their SportPesa Premier League match at Kenyatta stadium on October 23, 2016. Sofapaka FC won 3-2. Photo/Oliver Ananda/Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • Sofapaka were on Friday held to a barren draw by Zoo FC in the only Kenyan Premier League fixture played at Green Stadium in Kericho.
  • The Kericho based side proved a hard nut to crack in front of their home fans snatching an important point to end a winless three-match sojourn against Sofapaka. They have lost all the previous three matches.
  • Following the draw, the 2009 champions Sofapaka stretched their recent winless run to three matches while Zoo who are now placed 14 on the log with 16 points, will have to wait longer for their first win of the second leg and the year.

Sofapaka FC were on Friday held to a barren draw by Zoo FC in the only Kenyan Premier League fixture played at Green Stadium in Kericho.

The Kericho based side proved a hard nut to crack in front of their home fans snatching an important point to end a winless three-match sojourn against Sofapaka. They have previously lost all the three matches.

Following the draw, the 2009 champions Sofapaka stretched their recent winless run to three matches while Zoo who are now placed 14 on the log with 16 points, will have to wait longer for their first win of the second leg and the year.

Sofapaka head coach John Baraza bemoaned poor finishing from his charges who entertain high-flying Kakamega Homeboyz next.

“We had many scoring opportunities in both halves and we failed to kill the game and hence the frustrating result. If we don’t rectify that Kakamega will punish us,” he warned.

The former champions missed the services of key players like goalkeeper Richard Aimo, David Simiyu, Thomas Wainaina, and Elli Asieche who are sidelined for injuries.

Despite enjoying much of the possession throughout the match, strikers Kepha Aswani and Ronald Okoth missed golden opportunities in each half of the game that could have seen the Baraza’s men close the gap on Western Stima.

Sofapaka stay in position eight after amassing 31 points from 23 matches while Western Stima are seventh on 33 points.

Baraza’s opposite number, Herman Isekwa was satisfied with the performance of his side having come from a heavy defeat at home to Wazito FC last weekend.

“My players were composed, they didn’t panic even when we were under attack from our opponents and that it’s a good sign of improvement.

“We have to improve on our attack because with the little opportunities we had we struggled to convert,” he underscored.

Zoo, who have since gone for eleven matches without a win, will meet newcomers and relegation-threatened  Kisumu AllStars in their next fixture before the Fifa international break.

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