Two quick-fire first half goals from Kepha Aswani and Stephen Waruru saw second-placed Sofapaka beat bottom of the log Wazito FC 2-0 and reduce the gap at the top of the Kenyan Premier League table to 12 points.
John Baraza’s side made count of their first half dominance as they collected three easy points against Wazito who remain rooted at bottom table and increasingly look like will drop back to the National Super League where they were last season.
After a bossy opening quarter hour that presented chances to Ezekiel Okare and former Wazito hit man Pistone Mutamba, both failing to beat home keeper Steven Njunge, the 2009 champions took an 18th minute lead when Aswani collected a pass from Kasumba, beat his experienced marker Eric Ochieng’ before lofting the ball over a stranded Njunge.
It was 2-0 immediately after Waruru forced the ball home following a deft Ellie Asieche corner which struck the bar before going lose inside the six-yard box.
The quick goals had Frank Ouna’s side rattled but they managed to hang on for the rest of the half which ended on a sour note for Sofapaka who lost Okare to a serious-looking injury that had him rushed to the hospital.
Wazito looked more organized after the breather and presented Wycliffe Kasaya in the opposing goal post a couple of balls to worry about. They were denied a goal however midway into the second half when Dan Owino’s effort, which clearly went over the line, was not spotted by the referees who waved the play on.
Sofapaka created a couple of half chances on the other end but none that could trouble Njunge who kept a second half clean sheet.
The result sees Batoto ba Mungu maintain second spot with 37 points, 12 behind leaders Gor Mahia who have two games in hand.
Wazito meanwhile remain bottom on 18 points from 21 matches.
In other matches on the day, Tusker FC won 2-0 at Vihiga United while there was a 1-1 draw between Bandari FC and Mathare United at Mbaraki. Hosts Chemelil held high-flying Nakumatt to a barren stalemate.