Kassumba late strike sends Sofapaka top
Ugandan forward Umaru Kasumba scored at the stroke of full time as Sofapaka came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Kariobangi Sharks
Sofapaka vs Kariobangi Sharks in a KPL league match
Ugandan forward Umaru Kasumba scored at the stroke of full time as Sofapaka came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Kariobangi Sharks and move top of the Kenyan premier League standings pending Gor Mahia’s match against Kakamega Homeboyz on Friday.
George Abege had given Sharks a first half lead and they were seemingly headed for a win over Batoto ba Mungu, but Kassumba’s header ensured Sofapaka’s minute title hopes remain.
Abege scored the opener on the half hour mark when he tapped into an empty net after Geoffrey Shiveka nodded back the ball across the face of goal from a Duke Abuya freekick.
Prior to that, Sharks had good chances to score. In the 18th minute, Sidney Lokale had an opportunity when he was picked out by an Abuya cross from the right but his shot went wide.
In the 22nd minute, Abege forced a decent save off Ndikumana when he twisted and turned away from Mousa Omar releasing a stinging shot that the Burundian keeper turned behind for a corner.
At the start of the second half, Sofapaka coach John Baraza made changes to his midfield, Mohammed Kilume and Ibrahim Kitawi coming off for Elli Asieche and Stephen Waruru.
Nine minutes from the restart, Waruru floated in a brilliant cross from the left with Kepha Aswani rushing to it, but the veteran striker could not hit the ball on target from close range.
Three minutes later Aswani had another chance when Asieche’s corner landed on his head at the backpost, but the striker’s header with Sharks keeper John Oyemba beaten to the ball going wide.
Sofapaka camped in the Sharks half to try and create something and came close twice, first Willis Ouma’s tap from a Waruru delivery rolling across the face of goal before Titus Achesa’s shot on his weaker right foot went just inches over the bar.
Kassumba however drew them level with a header after Ouma had tapped back Achesa’s cross into the box.
In the late kick off, Tusker FC and Sony Sugar played to a bore draw.