With Tusker losing 2-3 to City Stars in an earlier fixture, Batoto ba Mungu could not capitalize on the advantage and close in on league leaders Gor Mahia
Sofapaka squandered a chance to close the gap at the top of Kenya Premier League table standings after settling to a barren draw against visiting Sony Sugar in a mid-week match played at Kasarani on Friday.
With Tusker losing 2-3 to City Stars in an earlier fixture, Batoto ba Mungu under the guidance of Ugandan coach Sam Timbe, had the best opportunity to cut Gor Mahia’s lead to three points but were restricted by a Sony side, who played a defensive game.
Sony goalkeeper Wycliff Kasaya was the busier of the goalkeepers in the first half and was called upon to keep out at least three clear chances. The first time was in the tenth minute when he dived to punch out John Njoroge's low effort.
Six minutes later Kasaya came out again to stop a James Situma effort. At the quarter-hour mark, he denied John Barasa from a header to keep his side in the game. Sony got their first chance after 20 minutes but Samuel Onyango failed to connect a Marwa Chamberi cross after the latter had beaten Sofapaka defenders with a long cross.
However, it was Sofapaka who threatened once again five minutes later when Kasaya denied veteran striker John Barasa from open play. Andrew Waiswa was the first to get a booking when he was shown yellow card for dangerous play on John Njoroge.
Sofapaka looked superior in the midfield with former AFC Leopards’ midfielder Bernard Mang’oli on loan at the club, creating plenty of chances for his side. Mang'oli was particularly dangerous on set-pieces and kept Sony defense busy through-out with long piercing balls. As second resumed, Sofapaka rested Antony Kimani for Patrick Kagogo in a bid to get more strength upfront.
The left-footed Congolese striker gave his markers some anxious moments creating two chances both of which were stopped by Wycliff Kasaya. Sony pulled out Alfred Onyango for Bernard Meki in search of their own chances but it was still Sofapaka, who had more chances to score.
The sugar millers were denied by the wood work in one last attempt to collect maximum points when Marwa Chamberi's effort hit the post.