Injured Sofapaka midfielder Bernard Mang’oli is still being assessed by the team’s physiotherapists to ascertain if he will be fit by the time Batoto Ba Mungu plays Bandari at the Mbaraki Sports ground in Mombasa this weekend.
Mang’oli suffered a thumb injury during the match against Gor Mahia at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 27 and whether he will play for Sofapaka at the coastal town will depend on the final assessment by the physiotherapists on Friday, a day before the match.
During Sofapaka’s morning training session at Eastleigh High School ground yesterday, Mang’oli was exempted from the usual workouts and instead jogged around the field to keep fit under the watchful eyes of Head Coach Sam Ssimbwa and his deputy John Baraza.
In case Mang’oli who was sourced from AFC Leopards does not recover in time, Sofapaka have enough cover in the position including the experienced Maurice Odipo and Brian Magonya.
In the meantime, first choice goalkeeper Mathias Kigonya who is fast recuperating from a shoulder injury was put through through special drills yesterday.
The Ugandan glove-man shrugged off a minor pain in his shoulder to parade for Sofapaka during the match against Gor in which he gave a good account of himself.
During the absence of Kigonya, Sofapaka mainly relied on reserve goalkeepers Reuben Juma and George Opiyo.