Batoto ba Mungu failed to capitalise on home advantage and move into top five on standings as ‘Slum Boys’ maintained their good start to the season
Sofapaka squandered chance to move into the top five after managing a 1-1 draw against a hard fighting Mathare United side on Thursday.
The game started brightly with each team hungry for the ball, with the first fifteen minutes exciting in terms of ball possession and slick passes. The first meaningful attempt was in favor of Sofapaka in 19th minute but Abdul Fiston wasted Enock Agwanda’s pass.
The ‘Slum boys’ had a chance to break the deadlock in 23rd minute but on form Erick Mmata failed to capitalize on Batoto ba Mungu’s defensive lapse. Stanley Okumbi’s boys continued to pressurize the opponents and were rewarded in the 28th minute when Daniel Mwaura converted Noah Abich’s corner.
The home team reacted immediately after the restart with Tom Mboya reacting fast to punch wide Fiston’s header for corner which bore no fruits. Anthony Ndolo was cautioned on a foul in the 31st against Mwaura with the latter also warned three minutes later for a furious demonstration.
That set the platform for Enock Agwanda to make things even in 35th minute from the spot after Edgar Ochieng was adjudged to have handled the ball in the 18 yard box. After 45 minutes all were even with Sam Timbe’s Sofapaka finishing on a high note. Fiston, who was a thorn in Mathare’s defense, wasted a chance to give his side the lead immediately after the restart, when he failed to score with only Mboya to beat, thanks to a defensive blunder.
Sofapaka coach Sam Timbe was happy that they managed a draw. “It was a difficult match because Mathare looked dangerous from onset. We had to close them down and play attacking football. We are happy with a point because defeat could have been difficult to swallow.”
His counterpart, Stanley Okumbi insisted that they threw away a vital league win. “We were the better side and deserved maximum points from this fixture. Sofapaka resorted to defending after they leveled matters and this proved difficult for my side. I am happy that our season looks good so far and we will strive to make it even better.”