A resurgence in the recent matches has seen the 2009 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Sofapaka set themselves well in the race for a second league title and assistant captain George Maelo has urged his team mates to keep a right mentality and focus at this crucial stage of the season.
Batoto Ba Mungu still have 12 matches to play in the season and sit second on 38 points, six behind league leaders Gor Mahia, who have a game in hand and Maelo holds that the experience in the team should lift the team in the remaining matches.
Sofapaka’s position on the log at the moment is in sharp contrast to the same point last season, when they were battling relegation and mired with financial hardships and Maelo says all these should count at the end of the season.
"The experience among the players comes into play at this stage of the season. Players should know what they have to do now. Besides giving trust to God, they should also stay focused and work hard until the final whistle. Nothing should change their mindset right now.
“They have a good sponsor, Betika, and good management headed by Mr. Elly Kalekwa,” Maelo, who is also a Police officer and currently away on official duty, is quoted by the club website.
Maelo was among the players brought on board in June 2016 to salvage the team from the jaws of relegation and after escaping by a whisker, he is confident closing in on leaders Gor Mahia should be a manageable task.
“We're second on the table and six points below the leaders which is not a big difference. My fellow players should stay focused and keep the hunger of winning the title,” he adds.
Sofapaka will have a real chance to cut Gor’s lead when they play the 15 – time league champions in the 24th round of matches but next up they have to plot for Chemelil Sugar.