Sofapaka look to end Bukhungu hoodoo in Leopards visit
Sofapaka have not won in both their two visits of the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega this season, ending up scoring late equalizers in the two times they have played at the venue.
Batoto ba Mungu were held to a 1-1 draw by Vihiga United with Umaru Kassumba scoring a stoppage time equalizer and the same happened three weeks ago in their 2-2 draw with Homeboyz, this time Brian Magonya hitting late.
But this time, head coach John Baraza has vowed to leave the Western region with maximum points.
“I think we will be at home more than Leopards themselves,” Baraza joked. “We have been there twice and drawn late and this time, we are determined to be third time lucky and leave with a win,” the coach noted.
Sofapaka can move top of the table albeit temporarily if they beat AFC Leopards and this will be an extra motivation for Baraza’s men. They are third in the standings with 30 points, two behind leaders Bandari.
They however expect a tough game against AFC who have been on some sort of resurgence with back to back wins.
“it will be a very tough match because it has not always been easy in matches pitting the two of us. But we have prepared well for it despite the short turnaround from our last match in Chemelil and we want to go there and win,” Baraza noted.
The two sides played to a 2-2 draw in the first leg, but a lot, including coaches of both sides have changed since then. While AFC have struggled to pick form, Sofapaka have managed to rise from the bottom half of the table to sit third.
In other fixtures lined up for Wednesday, Kariobangi Sharks will host Nzoia Sugar at the Kasarani Stadium while in Kisumu, Western Stima will welcome struggling Chemelil Sugar