Kakamega based side Western Stima pulled another giant killing performance, downing the 2009 Tusker Premier League (TPL) Champions Sofapaka 2- 1 in the league match played at the Nairobi City Stadium on Friday 21 September 2012.
Stima got their opener early courtesy of Daniel Onyango, who connected well in the third minute with a Justine Monda corner to fire past Duncan Ochieng in the Sofapaka goal. They should have gone two up on 23 minutes but Justine Monda hit the side netting after a Eugene Asike blunder.
The visitors were however pegged back by Humphrey Mieno in the 29th minute after a beautiful Osborne Monday pass picked him out and he took advantage of a defensive mix up in the Stima area to fire past a despairing Ben Roberts Mandela.
The Sofapaka equaliser had seemed unlikely and they were still surprised at it when a minute after their goal they almost conceded but to their relief Ramadhan Balala’s shot hit the post with Duncan Ochieng beaten.
Sofapaka then launched a rare attack with Kenyan internationals Osborne Monday and Humphrey Mieno pulling the strings at the centre and a Mieno pass was mistimed by Heritier Luvulalu but fell to John Baraza whose shot was well blocked by the impressive Mandela.
Sofapaka resumed in the second half more colourless than they were in the opening period and should have conceded a second courtesy of Captain George Wesa’s surprise shot on 46 minutes but Duncan Ochieng made another great save.
On 58 minutes, however, they could not withstand the pressure by the Westerners as Edgar Ochieng pulled down Wesley Kemboi to concede an easy penalty. Alloys Mangi stepped forward and despite Duncan Ochieng getting a hand to it, the ball hit the back of the net.
Sofapaka, sensing defeat, introduced Demonde Selenga for Bob Mugalia but the change proved futile as the Congolese born forward wasted two great opportunities one on a free header on 82 minutes and an unorthodox miss on 88 minutes with the ball going through his legs.
Stima still had time to threaten and Ramadhan Balala’s free kick on stoppage time was tipped just wide by Duncan Ochieng, Sofapaka’s best performer of the afternoon, for a corner as they managed to condemn Sofapaka to a second straight loss.
With the result, Stima remain seventh but three points to the better, at 36 points as Sofapaka, on 40 points stay fifth but in real danger of falling sixth if Ulinzi Stars win in Naivasha on Sunday against Oserian.