Sofapaka failed to overcome Post Rangers at home after the two teams drew 1-1 in Saturday’s Betking Premier League (BPL) match.
In an encounter staged in Wundanyi, Posta Rangers began the match on the strongest side, the mailmen almost broke the deadlock from three consecutive corner kick attempts but Apudo Michael’s bicycle kick went over the bar with Moubaraka beaten.
Ten minutes into the match hosts Sofapaka came close through Brain Magonya. The midfielder picked out Achesa’s delivery but his low shot effort went out for a goal kick.
Rangers came knocking yet again on the 20th minute, this time with a beautiful counter-attack from the back, Apudo beat his marker before setting through a teasing delivery on goal but Likono Greshone’s hard shot missed the target by a whisker.
Despite Posta’s early attempts, Sofapaka broke the deadlock through Titus Achesa. The defender collected Nixon Omondi’s loop ball delivery and with his first touch slotted home opener.
Five minutes before the halftime break, BatotoBaMungu almost doubled their lead. Sebastian Sunday did well beating Suleiman on the ball but a reckless challenge from the defender proved costly leading to Sofapaka being awarded a penalty.
Otieno stepped up from the spot but failed to convert with Opiyo well beaten.
Sofapaka returned the strongest with an attempt to double the lead. A speedy play by the host through Imbuye Sammy, the defender laid Otieno through but Otieno’s touch lacked power for an easy pick for the keeper.
At the hour mark , Sofapaka came calling again through Joe Waithera, substitute Ambrose Sifuna made a solo run down the right flank before setting through Waithera but the midfielder hurriedly shot on goal which didn’t trouble Opiyo in goal.
Against the run of play, Sofapaka was reduced to ten men after Sammy Imbuye was shown a second yellow card booking.
Rangers took advantage of the numbers in a push for the equalizer and their efforts bore fruit. Ondieki Benard pounced on losing the ball to draw the visitor’s level.
Rangers almost doubled the scores through Nambute Francis.
The forward was well picked out by Nyatini Joshua but his final shot was well defended by Okolla Stephen for a point apiece for the two sides.