Sofapaka beat Chemelil Sugar FC 3-2 to rekindle their hopes of winning back the Cup they lifted at the end of the 2009 season.
Sofapaka started the match on a high getting the ball and keeping it, with their effort eventually yielding fruit in the 21st minute through a Heritier Luvaulu strike.
This goal served to be an awakening call to Chemelil, who found their footing, equalizing ten minutes later, after a Sofapaka defense-blunder handed Chemelil’s Georson Likonoh an easy tap into the net.
By half-time the match had all indications of an evenly-balanced second half, but coming out of the lockers the Batoto ba Mungu side immediately took charge setting camp in the Millers’ base.
At the 50th minute, Humphrey Mieno, added another confirmation to his golden boot contention to put his side 2-1 up, before John Baraza slotted in a third for the Francis Kimanzi-coached team.
For the next 14 minutes Sofapaka had an upper hand, constantly terrorizing Chemelil’s defense. However, a lapse in concentration in their own backyard, saw Chemelil’s Milton Kidiga sneak in and book a second for his side, in the 65th minute, just one minute after he came in as a substitute.
The second goal seemed to revitalize Chemelil and for the rest of the match they launched an all-out attack, trying to find a way to get back into the game but to no avail.
With the result, both teams retain their third and seventh log positions for Sofapaka and Chemelil respectively.
Sofapaka now have 45points, with nine points separating them from league leaders Tusker FC and three points forming the gulley between them and second-placed Ulinzi.
For Sofapaka to take home the title, they must win their remaining as both Ulinzi and Tusker must lose all their remaining matches.