Substitute Bob Mugalia scored 13 minutes from time to earn Sofapaka a 1-1 draw against Mathare United in a Kenyan Premier League match played at the City Stadium on Wednesday.
Sofapaka will blame themselves for the tens of chances they wasted as they should have easily won that game.
Mathare took their chances though they were limited to their own half by the 2009 champions. John Njoroge had the first chance of the match in the 7th minute with keeper Joseph Rutto spilling his shot from the left with no one at hand to wipe the spill home.
Sofapaka though dominating most of the match, were never better in the final third of the opponents. Ugandan Julius Ssenoga had a bad day in office, finding it difficult to play in the heated City Stadium turf. He was ultimately substituted, Bob Mugalia taking his place.
Titus Mulama came closest for Sofapaka in the 32nd minute but his free-kick curled inches wide. Five minutes from halftime, Batoto ba Mungu had the best chance of the match but extremely poor finishing denied them.
Antony Kimani received a good ball on the left side of attack, cut it back to John Baraza, but the 2012 Golden boot winner failed miserably in his attempt to back heel the ball with no defender on his shoulders. John Njoroge’s return shot after Baraza’s back heel was blocked ended up in a forest of defenders who hacked the ball away.
In the second half, Mathare were more positive in their attack and this paid off in the 60th minute, David Mwangi finishing off beautifully a free-kick from the left with a crisp flick. Substitute Dan Mwaura was a constant threat in the Sofapaka backyard, twice coming off with shots that went slightly wide.
Sofapaka sensing that time was not on their side and they clearly needed goals clouded the Mathare half, Osborne Monday being the main attack architect after coming in for Titus Mulama. Ten minutes from time, Bob Mugalia had his first chance from a John Njoroge cross but he headed the ball out of the target.
Anthony Kimani had a great surge a minute later with his shot being saved off for a corner. The goal finally came their way with eight minutes left to play, Mugalia tapping in from a John Njoroge shot that had rebounded off the upright.
Mathare would launch a late onslaught to search for a winner but good goalkeeping from Duncan Ochieng denied them.
Sofapaka have now gone for four matches without a win, since beating Thika United on Match day one while for Mathare, it will be a thankful point to elevate them off the basement of the table.