Sofapaka will not be carried away by Gor Mahia’s recent slump against Rayon Sports when the two sides clash on Wednesday.
K’Ogalo went down 2-1 to the Rwandan side, but Sofapaka coach John Baraza has warned that Batoto Ba Mungu will not look down upon the league leaders after the weekend tumble.
“The worst we can do is to look at the result of Gor Mahia's match against Rayon. Obviously, improvement is on their minds and we know just how dangerous they can be. We’ll try as much as possible to handle any pressure and God-willing win the match,” said Baraza.
Baraza charges came from behind to pick a point against the runaway leaders in the first leg meeting in Machakos. Since then, Gor Mahia has only lost once, but the former Kenyan striker has stressed that they will not be scared by Gor Mahia’s good run of form when the two teams square it out in Narok.
“The first leg league result proved that my young team is equal to the task against big guns. Gor Mahia are the cup holders and the fact that they have been playing in high-profile Caf Confederation Cup matches is enough reason to give them due respect. But I must say we are ready for them once more,” Baraza told Sofapakafc.co.ke.
Sofapaka were held to a 2-2 draw by Nzoia Sugar in their last outing and the tactician has a piece of advice to his strikers ahead of Gor Mahia’s duel.
“I have told my strikers to be composed and if that happens, they should be able to rise to the occasion against Gor Mahia."