Chemelil Sugar failed in their bid for a first win of the second leg of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL), but will be pleased with the 1-1 draw they managed against Sofapaka at the Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday 25 August.
The millers should have gone ahead on the 21st minute but Jared Omwenga, when played on side by Abdalla Juma lacked precision as his well powered shot was saved by Duncan Ochieng before the same striker had a goal disallowed for handball in the 26th minute.
Sofapaka, who until then were so much under pressure with the midfield locked, which meant John Baraza was starved upfront, initiated an attack from the flanks with Heritier Luvualu pulling the defenders to one side before releasing an unmarked John Baraza.
Baraza took a delightful low shot with his stronger left foot to the far post which gave Fredrick Onyango no chance in goal on 29 minutes, his 17th goal of the season.
Robert Binja should have doubled the scores for the home side on 53 minutes after being well set up by Heritier Luvualu but his close range shot was straight at keeper Fredrick Onyango who made a good save.
Chemelil started piling pressure on Sofapaka and thought they had won a penalty on 79 minutes when David Ojwang fell in the box under pressure from Duncan Ochieng but the referee, Sylvester Kirwa waved their shouts off.
They were, however, not to be denied on the 90th minute mark when James Situma tackled Mike Mururi from behind in the box leaving the referee with an easy decision to make. Charles Odero, the Chemelil captain, stepped forth and sent Duncan the wrong way for the equalizer.
With the result, both teams’ third in a row, Sofapaka stay third on the log on 39 points, five adrift of league leaders AFC Leopards while Chemelil Sugar rise a place higher, to ninth at the expense of Mathare United on 27 points.