CLUB STATEMENT

Sofapaka FC would wish to inform the public in regards to striker John Avire’s transfer saga with the striker missing from the club since July last year.

The club protested a decision made by World Football Governing body FIFA. Through a single judge seating in the Players’ Status Committee Mr. Geoffrey Thompson, the judge ruled that Avire who has been illegally training with Egyptian league side Tanta FC be given a Provisional International Transfer Certificate (ITC) to enable the player feature for the Egyptian side as the matter continues to be investigated by the World football governing body.

Though they considered the player’s welfare and not the club’s, It’s good to note that Avire is still a Sofapaka FC player and has a running contract that expires in December 2020.

“We feel cheated and robbed since the directive has gone against FIFA statutes. This therefore means the said player has two running contracts with two different clubs.

Further, we would wish to inform members of the public and football fans at large that Tanta fc has never reached out on us in a view to resolve this impulse since it happened but rather we have been approached by people who are very familiar to us purporting to be negotiating on their behalf.

We wrote to Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and FIFA protesting the decision because the player has a valid contract with us and further we question the possible outcome in the event he gets injured while playing for Tanta FC during the provisional period. They may as well chase him yet there’s no binding agreement between Sofapaka and Tanta FC.

As a club we further question why FIFA upto date haven’t acknowledged the letter sent by FKF on Avire’s saga for months now, yet they responded so fast after the Egyptian FA on behalf of Tanta FC wrote to them.

Sofapaka FC trusts the process being undertaken by FIFA,we hope for a free and fair ruling on this issue. In the meantime we are in consultations with FKF and we are contemplating to move to the Court of Arbitration in Sports (CAS) for arbitration.

We therefore thank FKF for their continuous support and cooperation and we hope this matter will be put to rest because we want football to win.”
End of Statement by the club’s president,

Elly Kalekwa.

“IT’S A FINAL FOR US,” COACH JOHN BARAZA

Our full attention shifts to Shield Cup game, the FKF Betway Cup this weekend with a Confederation of African Football (CAF) Continental football at stake.

In a round of 16 knockout draw done a fortnight ago, we shall take on Bandari FC on Saturday 14th March at Mbaraki Stadium.

Speaking to the club’s media, head coach John Baraza has termed the clash a final and a must win match for the club.

On facing shield defending champions Bandari fc;

It’s going to be a massive game for both sides but so important for us as a team. They are a good side especially at home and that will make it even harder but we are ready to face them. We haven’t had a good season and this an opportunity to revive ourselves and thus we are going to give our all in the match.

 On the importance of the match;

The match is so important to us because it presents a realistic opportunity to win a trophy this season and subsequently grace Continental football. The club values the tournament because of the glory and pride that comes along with it. 

On the teams preparation;

We have had good preparations so far, the players have been positive despite the setbacks we’ve had in our most recent matches. We have been working on our finishing and as well on our defending because we feel the two areas have been of concern.

On whether the match is s must win;

Definitely yes, it’s a tie that we as a club have to win to increase on our chances to being crowned champions of the tournament. Despite being a tough encounter, we have no other option but to win so as to advance to the quarter finals and subsequently all the way to the finals of the FKF cup games. 

On injury concerns for team ahead of the clash;

From our medical department, we are doing pretty well as per today Wednesday 11th February. We are at 90 % of  recovery ,we missed a couple of first team players but since the beginning of the week a number resumed training which is a plus for us. We just have a few knocks but we are hopeful they will be okay before the tie on Sartuday. ” Concluded  Baraza. 

The match will be a knockout affair in which the winner will qualify for the quarter finals stage of the tournament.

SOFAPAKA LINEUP AGAINST ZOO KERICHO FC

We are hosted by Zoo Kericho fc at the Green Stadium, Kericho on Friday 6th March 2020 for our KPL 2019/2020 league round twenty three and this is our lineup as presented by our Head Coach John Baraza and the technical bench.

Starting eleven include:

Nicholas Sebwato .99
Willis Obayi .3  (C)
Mohammed Kilume .4
George Maelo .8
Brian Kayanja .9
Cersidy Okeyo .10
Jedinak Ameyaw Nana .17
Titus Achesa .20
Stephen Otieno .27
Promise Chinonso Uzoagba .33
Sebastine Ikekhai Sunday .66

SUBSTITUTES
Isaiah Wakasala .30
Brian Wetende .2
Faina Jacobs .6
Brian Nyakan .14
Shawn Oloo .22
Ronald Okoth .23
Kefa Aswani .50

PREVIEW OF ZOO KERICHO VS SOFAPAKA FC

Sofapaka FC will take on Zoo Kericho FC in a Kenyan Premier League match Friday 6th March.

We shall take on host Zoo Kericho Friday afternoon at Green Stadium, Kericho. Ahead of the match, head coach John Baraza has termed the clash a tough encounter but a must win tie.

Match Stats

In our seven league meetings, we’ve won in six occasions, drawing once. In the first leg tie we emerged 2:1 winners in a match staged at Narok Stadium

Form guide

Fifteen points separates us. Our opponents are placed fourteen on the log on 15points while we sit eighth on 30points. In our last three league outings we have won once losing twice while our opponents are winless in their past three league outings.

Team News

Richard Aimo (Burial)

We are set to do without out custodian Richard Aimo. Aimo lost his elder brother and thus will be away for the burial ceremony scheduled for Saturday 7th March 

David Simiyu (foot)

We will miss the services of David Simiyu who sustained a foot injury against Ulinzi Stars

Thomas Wainaina (Knee)

Wainaina will sit out of the tie having sustained a knee injury last weekend.

Elli Asieche (Shoulder Sprain)

We will once more miss the services of dependable midfielder Elli Asieche. Elli sustainedthe injury when we faced AFC Leopards.

Time: Friday 6th March 3pm.

ACHESA: LET’S BE MENTALLY POSITIVE AHEAD OF ZOO KERICHO TIE.

We shall take on host Zoo Kericho in a Kenyan Premier League match on Friday 6th March.

In a match that will be staged at Green Stadium, Kericho, defender Titus Achesa has urged his teammates to remain positive and go for a win;

“We are on a bad run of results as a club. We lost our previous two matches away and home to AFC Leopards and Ulinzi Stars respectively.

It is a huge concern to us as team and the entire Sofapaka family. We haven’t had a convincing consistency run and I believe it’s a big worry to the team and we want to correct that starting on Friday.

We have been preparing well ahead of the match on Friday, the energy levels and positive attitude is high and  I believe we should be able come out with a convincing results on Friday. 

I want to urge my fellow teammates to be positive and stronger mentality because such situation always calls for a strong mentality and a positive attitude. It’s only these two that will help us get back on the right frame and hopefully propel us back to winning ways come Friday.” Concluded Achesa.

Achesa will be hopeful to be in contention and help the team register a positive result on Friday 

ZOO KERICHO VS SOFAPAKA FC : JOHN BARAZA THOUGHTS

Zoo Kericho FC will on Friday 6th March host us at the Green Stadium, Kericho. Ahead of the match, head coach John Baraza has termed the tie a tough but a must win match.

On facing Zoo Kericho in Kericho;

It’s going to be a very tough match for us because they Zoo are the host and equally both sides lost in their past two matches.  They Zoo and us are both looking for a win and this will make it a hard one.

On whether loosing consecutively a big concern;

We haven’t had a good run last month losing two matches in a row. It a huge concern to us as a team and as the technical bench. It has to some extent tampered with the players confidence and in addition brought in more pressure on my side as the head coach. We talked about it and our focus now is on collecting ourselves and moving forward promptly as possible. We want to get our confidence back and have a proper consistency level. 

On our season objective and target; Well we had our targets and that was to win the league, unfortunately we are abit off the race and so we are focusing on finishing in a respectable position. We believe we can achieve by turning around our season starting this Friday in Kericho.

On whether Zoo match a must win one;

As early said it will be a tough one but equally the pressure is really on us as a unit to deliver and as such we have to win the tie to at least relieve us off the pressure and get ourselves back on track. 

On any injury concerns;

We have some injury and knock  concerns, we missed Elli Asieche last weekend and we further lost two others last weekend while facing Ulinzi Stars. We are hopeful that they be okay in time for Friday’s match. 

The match will kick off 3pm at Green Stadium Kericho.

MATCH REPORT: SOFAPAKA FC 0-1 ULINZI STARS

Enosh Ochieng’s lone goal was the difference in our loss to Ulinzi Stars in a Kenyan Premier League staged at Kenyatta Stadium Machakos.

Barren Half

In a barren half of the match, we started brightly, Nigerian forward Promise Chinonso should have put us ahead but his hard shot on goal went off target. Ulinzi Stars had two quick attacks on goal but keeper Aimo Richard swift reactions saved us from going into the net. 

Enosh’s goal

A costly mistake by our centre back Faina Jacobs on foul play on Shambi Kibwana would result into penalty for the visitors. Enosh Ochieng stepped up and made no mistake converting from the spot with twenty minutes of play remaining.

Saruni’s save 

A last minute attempt by Aswani was saved by Saruni who reacted with a fingertip touch saving Aswani’s goal bound header.

Up next 

We take on Zoo Kericho in our next league encounter.

MATCH NO 23 PREVIEW: SOFAPAKA FC- ULINZI STARS FC.

Sofapaka FC will take on Ulinzi Stars in a Kenyan Premier League match this Saturday 29th February. 

We shall host soldiers this Saturday afternoon at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos. Ahead of the match, head coach John Baraza has termed the clash a tough encounter noting that our opponents Ulinzi Stars will be a hard side not to underrate.

Match Stats

In our past four league meetings, we’ve drawn thrice and winning once. In the first leg encounter we played out to a barren draw at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru.

Form guide

Nine points separates us. Our opponents are placed fifth on the log on 39points while we sit eighth on 30points. In our last three league encounters, we have drawn, won and lost once respectively.

coach baraza

COACH JOHN BARAZA ON ULINZI STARS TIE

Head coach John Baraza has termed facing Ulinzi Stars a tough duel but adamant of a positive outcome.

We shall take on the “soldiers” Ulinzi Stars in a Kenyan Premier League match on Saturday. Ahead of the match, head coach John Baraza faced the club’s media and here is what the tactician had to say;

On facing Ulinzi Stars, “it’s going to be a tough match for us , we know Ulinzi Stars are a good side, they are currently on a good league form and thus it’s not going to be an easy duel. 

On whether we have prepared well; “Yes we have been doing well since resuming our training session on Tuesday. I feel the boys have really prepared well for this match and they are going do well on Saturday.”

On how to face the Soliders,”It’s one match that we are going to try give our best.  We shall go into the tie with one aim,that is to bag the three points.

On weather Soliders pose a threat, ” yeah they Ulinzi Stars are difficult and tricky side facing . They are clinical at goal and any mistake they get to punish their opponents.”

We shall host Ulinzi Stars on Saturday 29th February at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.

MATCH PREVIEW: AFC LEOPARDS-SOFAPAKA FC

AFC Leopards will host Sofapaka FC in a Kenyan Premier League match Saturday 22nd February. 

We shall take on host AFC Leopards on Saturday afternoon at Mumias Sports Complex. Ahead of the match, head coach John Baraza has expressed confidence to bag maximum points, “we have prepared well, the boys are willing and ready to deliver tomorrow. It will be a tough encounter in all aspects and no doubt we will witness an explosive match. We hope to bag the maximum points out of the clash.” 

Match Stats  

In our most recent meetings, we’ve met thrice, winning and drawing one respectively. In our last encounter we lost 2:1 to Leopards at Narok Stadium.

Form guide

Four points separates us, our opponents are placed sixth on the log on 34points while we sit eighth on 30points. Leopards have won twice and lost once in the last three league outings while we have drawn, won and lost once respectively. 

Team News

Sammy Imbuye(Illness)

Had abit of mild food poisoning, recovered in time and is available for selection.

Cassidy Okeyo(ankle Sprain)

Okeyo got a knock on his ankle in one of our training session, recovered in time and is being accessed for selection.

Sebwato Gilbert (Knee Injury)

Sebwato has made progress in his recovery, he resumed light training.

AFC Leopards 

Our opponents will miss the services of two key players as we lock horns tomorrow.

Collins Shichenje (sick), the defender will the match due to illness 

Marvin Nabwire (knee Injury), Leopards will also miss the services of midfielder Marvin Nabwire who is nursing a knee injury.

Time: Saturday 22nd February 3pm.

Venue: Mumias Sports Complex.