Monday, 1 October 2012

We have overrelied on Barasa for too long says Sofapaka Coach

By Fred Maingi
 Sofapaka coach Stewart Hall has insisted that his major task come
next season is to shop for a reliable and sharp striker to replace
ageing John Barasa.
 He said his team’s tendency of relying on Barasa has cost them a lot
since he is always a marked man by opposing defenders.
    “The positive  thing, he added, about my team is that  we are
always dominant in our matches but scoring has been a major
problem.Our problem has been  relying too much on Barasa  who is
always a marked man.He is  well known by all defenders in the Tusker
Premier League and the only option is  to shop for another striker”.
    He said his charges played brilliant football in their Sunday
match against Oserian, by creating many chances and even dominating
the entire match but were unable to translate their chances.
  Hall who joined the club barely three weeks ago reiterated that his
side will finish strongly in the 16 team’s league but declined to say
which position his side is targeting.
    “I cant predict, he added, which position we are bound to finish
but I can assure  you we shall finish strongly.I’m happy all the
players are responding well.We are playing as a strong unit with
better ball possession compared to our opponents   but finishing
appears the  major problem facing Kenyan clubs’
     He added “In today’s match against Oserian, we had 65 per cent
ball possession. I tend to feel my players are playing with fear.In
our training session, they play with vigour and confidence but when
they come to the pitch,it’s quite a different thing which  we need to
   Sofapaka is sixth with 41 points from 26 matches while Oserian is
still second bottom with 21 points having played the same number of

    Sofapaka popularly known as “Batoto Ba Mungu” will face off with
Kenya Revenue Authority(KRA) this weekend in a Football Kenya
Federation(FKF) cup tie at the Nairobi City Stadium.

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