Sofapaka’s abysmal run since the resumption of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League continued on Wednesday as they relinquished a 1-0 lead to fall 2-1 to debutants FC Talanta at the Kasarani Annex.
Former Wazito FC winger Joe Waithira had collected fine pass from Titus Achesa to break the deadlock in the 16th minute in favour of Batoto Ba Mungu, but Mohamed Sedi leveled for the visitors in the 32nd minute as the game headed into the interval evenly poised at 1-1.
FC Talanta came back the better side, dictating play for the largest part of the closing half until late on when they snatched the win with their second goal of the game9 in the 89th minute through substitute Kevintom Machika), leaving Sofapaka stunned.
“We were very calm and controlled the game even after conceding the first goal. The win brings back the confidence in the squad and since we have a two-week break, we will build on the weak areas so that we can come back stronger,” said Ken Kenyatta, FC Talanta head coach.
Batoto Ba Mungu have now lost two and drawn three of the five games they have played since the resumption of the league on February 25, and Sunday’s result was not any good for head coach Ken Odhiambo who is under pressure to deliver.
“In the first half we started well and got a goal. However, we relaxed in the second half and allowed them to take control of possession and attack. The second goal was as a result of poor defending and I feel this is a match we should have not lost,” Odhiambo said after the game.
The 2009 champions remain 13th on the FKF Premier League log with 27 points from 22 matches while FC Talanta ascend to ninth with 31 points having played a game more.