Playing at Wundanyi Stadium for the first time, it was clear we were in for a tough encounter against Sofapaka but thanks to goals from Tito Okello and Alpha Onyango that helped us to a 2-1 win.
Coach Manuel Vaz Pinto made only one change in the starting team – dropping John Macharia for defender Andrew Juma and offered Victor Ayugi a place on the bench.
A defensive the lineup it appeared but Coach Pinto’s charges were not going to hold back as opponents enjoy the game – it was an end to end the match with the better part of the opening half fairly shared.
Past mid-way the opening half, midfielder Kenneth Muguna did some fine work to set up Tito Okello who nodded the opener in the 28th minute to grab the lead.
Coach Pinto said his side should have scored more than one goal in first half though appreciates the toughness of the duel.
“It was a tough game…. we controlled first half and scored one goal. We had a good opportunity to score another. We had good organization in first half and l think we dominated,” animated Pinto said.
Second half was a different game as Sofapaka side came back all guns blazing – pilling pressure in search of an equalizer and indeed their efforts paid off in the 53rd minute through Achesa – 1-1, all square.
Coach Pinto said: “ln second half, the opponents came back with new ideas and they created more problems for us.
“We tried to put things under control but we conceded one goal and we needed to get another goal to win the game.”
Sofapaka side pulled a double substitute in the 55th minute – with an aim of adding firepower to snatch up the game.
Pinto then made his first substitution in the 74th minute as Karim Nikema made way for Alpha Onyango.
That was the change that made the all-important difference in the game as Alpha made no mistake to score the winner from Tito’s fine cross in the 82nd minute… 2-1, the scoreboard read.
With just 10 minutes left, it was about time to protect the lead as Coach Punto pulled a double substitution – pulling out Tito and Cliffton Miheso and brought in John Macharia and Sydney Ochieng.
The last substitutes came in the 87th minute as Muguna and Frank Odhiambo gave way for Fred Nkata and Charles Momanyi.
With all the efforts in the closing stages, Sofapaka couldn’t find the equalizer as the match ended 2-1 in favour of Gor Mahia to mark the third consecutive win.