Wise eyeing Sofapaka scalp

George Owino (right) keeps a close eye on Tusker's Allan Wanga in a past Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match at the Ruaraka Grounds.

Skipper George Owino is ready to lead from the front against his former employers Sofapaka on Wednesday at the Narok Stadium.

“Wise”, as he is fondly referred to in local football circles, is looking to help us reap maximum points from this fixture as the relegation battle gathers pace with only four matches to the end of the season.

With 31 points, we are perched at 15th place level on points with 16th placed Western Stima. Thika United, who are second from bottom, are only two points behind us ahead of the midweek matches.

While the 36 point mark looks like the safety point, Owino thinks it’s wise we look beyond that and bag at least six points from the remaining matches.

Best 

“We need to win at least two matches because we are still not in a good position. We need the points more than Sofapaka need them therefore we need to be at our best,” said Owino.

Having lost 1-3 to Western Stima in their last outing, Sofapaka will be looking to make amends against another relegation threatened outfit and Owino believes that makes this match an interesting affair.

Tough 

“I am expecting a very tough match because they stumbled last time. They will come all out but we are ready to battle for the three points. A point will a minus for us,” he added.

The absence of Umaru Kasumba, Sofapaka’s leading goal scorer, due to a shoulder injury will come as a timely boost as we seek to overturn the 2-1 loss in the first leg.

Back on April 2, George Maelo opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a powerful volley from a freekick before Humphrey Okoti doubled the visitors' lead with a close range header moments before the hour mark.

Tyson Otieno stepped off the bench to net a late consolation and crown his debut in style.