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.