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.

 

MUST WIN: WILIS OBAYI RALLIES TEAMMATES AHEAD OF AFC LEOPARDS TIE.

Willis Obayi has rallied his teammates to go for a win against AFC Leopards.

We shall take on AFC Leopards on Saturday 22nd February in a Kenyan Premier League match.

Ahead of the match club’s captain, Willis Obayi has rallied fellow teammates to go for a win against Leopards;  “We have been training well ahead of the crunch tie. It will be a tough game because they are also going for a win.”

On whether Leopards possess a threat, “yes  Leopards are a good side with equally good players. They have been having a good run expect for their defeat a fortnight ago to Tusker FC thus they are a big threat and we have to trade carefully to win the match.”

On the match, the match will be a very tough one but just as normal matches. We should therefore handle it with the right mindset. I want to urge my fellow teammates not to be over carried by win over Gor Mahia but to focus and approach the Leopards match with same attitude.” We need the points to get moving up the log so as to finish in our targeted position.”

On facing Gor Mahia and Leopards consecutively, “it’s always been hard facing Leopards and Gor Mahia. They are the top teams in country thus they have good sides. We won against Gor Mahia and we want to make it two out og two over the two giants.”

The match will be played at Mumias Complex Stadium.

FKF CUP DRAW: JOHN BARAZA REACTS TO BANDARI TIE

FKF Cup Round 16 draw out. We have been handed defending champions Bandari FC.

We shall take on Bandari FC for a quarter finals place of this year’s FKF Cup. Ahead of the encounter slated for next month, head coach John Baraza has termed it  a tough but must win match.

“It’s one good match for us because it will be a good test. We are going to give it our best because it’s an opportunity to grace continental football. 

“They are the defending champions and they will come out to defend it, thus it’s going to be a difficult duel but we are ready for them.” 

“The club hierarchy is so ambitious about the tournament leaving us with no room but  to go all out to ensure we win the cup. It’s a must win match for us and we are feeling very ready to bring honour to the club.”  Said Baraza.

Below is the full draw of round 16 fixtures:

  • Talanta vs Kariobangi Sharks
  • Posta Rangers vs Gor Mahia
  • Sofapaka v Bandari
  • Bidco vs Fortune Sacco
  • Keroka  v Kisumu All-Stars
  • Ushuru vs AFC Leopards
  • KCB vs Wazito FC
  • Migori Youth v Ulinzi Stars.

Dates:

The FKF Cup round 16 matches will be played next month on the weekend of 14/15th.

FAINA JACOBS: FKF CUP GLORY IMPORTANT FOR US

Defender Faina Jacobs has termed FKF Cup an important trophy for the team. 

Ahead of Saturday’s tie, the defender has urged his fellow team mates to give it their all to ensure victory; “We value the FKF Cup tournament because it’s an opportunity to participate in the continental football.”

“Everyone in the club has knowledge of what the club wants out of the tournament. It’s simple, to win the trophy. Every single ambition and  preparation before the season begins is always factored in effectively competing  for glory thus any cup that comes our way we take it seriously.”

An opportunity to be champions,” yes it is a huge opportunity to be crowned champions, it has been a while since we last had such a fete. The cup games give us a bigger opportunity to fight for some glory because largely we are not at our best in the league. A win for us will be perfect ending of the season so we are going for a kill and it starts by winning tomorrow’s match against Balaji EPZ. 

Jacobs will be playing a critical role in the  club’s pursuit for the FKF Cup glory.

FKF CUP: BARAZA CALLS ON CAUTION AHEAD OF BALAJI CLASH .

Head coach John Baraza has called on his players to exercise caution ahead of FKF Cup round 32 clash against Balaji EPZ FC.

We shall take on FKF Division one side Balaji EPZ FC in the FKF Betway Cup round 32 knockout stage.

Ahead of the match head coach John Baraza has rallied his charges to be cautious; “We are going into a tough tournament, each game counts as a final thus we must be very cautious.”

On whether it’s will be an easy task; “Literally no team is inferior but in football the so called small teams can surprise you. They will come into the match with nothing to lose but to prove a point which is very dangerous. It won’t be an easy duel to be frank thus we shall handle it with the seriousness it deserves.”

On the Cup being important, “absolutely yes, the FKF Cup is very important to us as a club. It’s an opportunity for continental football and in so many years we have missed CAF tournaments. We want to get back to it thus the journey begins tomorrow.”

On changes to the squad ahead of the cup tie; “yes we shall have a few changes, I feel some of regular players need some rest  as well, those who have had limited playing time, to have more tomorrow. In addition some of the young players too will be incorporated in tomorrow’s match.” 

The match will kick-off at 4pm at Camp Toyoyo grounds. 

Promise Chinonso Reflects On Gor Mahia Victory.

PROMISE CHINONSO REFLECTS ON GOR MAHIA VICTORY.

Promise Chinonso was on target scoring a brace in our emphatic 3:1 victory over Gor Mahia on Saturday 8 February.

Speaking to the club’s media, Promise  expressed his delight scoring a brace and described Elli Asieche as “Kevin De Bryune of Kenya”. 

On beating Gor Mahia,” we are and particularly am delighted to have helped the team beat one of the biggest clubs in East Africa. It was a huge win for us as a club because we really needed it. We knew it was going to be a tough match but we prepared well, worked on our weak areas and studied their areas of weakness. We simply followed our coaches instructions and the result speaks for it.”

On whether it was surprise beating Gor Mahia,” in football there are never surprises, it’s always down to how you prepare for match and execute your game plan. We played according to our game plan and it worked for us.”

On scoring a brace against Gor Mahia,”it’s a nice feeling for sure, I feel great having scored them, I’m glad because it has boosted my confidence being my second match and I was able to score two. It’s a good feeling indeed.”

On whether scoring a brace has eased pressure on him,” yeah honestly the two goals over the weekend has eased pressure on me. I was feeling the pressure because the club has higher expectations in me and they trust in my capabilities. In my first match I didn’t score then we were facing a big team in the second match, the pressure was there and I really needed to score. Am glad that at the end I did manage to score thus it has to a huge part eased pressure on me.”

On scoring fastest goal for the club, “I’m happy to have achieved a fete that is hard to come by. It feels good to have scored within 23 seconds of play, it helped us settle in the match and contributed to our win overall.”

On Elli Asieche’s contribution, “He’s a special player, for me he’s Kenyan version of ‘Kevin De Bryune’  very intelligent on the ball and whenever he has the ball we know how to just position ourselves because he delivers to you to finish off. I wish him the very best now and in the future.”

On whether we stand a chance for the title,” football is a game of numbers, for you to be a champion you must win your matches and score as many goals as possible. We are not off yet, we are 14points off the top spot and we got 12 matches to go. It’s down to ensuring we collect maximum points in each match without focusing on our competitors. I believe we can achieve it.” Concluded Chinonso.

Promise will be hoping to continue with his goal scoring touch when the club takes on Balaji EPZ in FKF Betway Cup tournament.

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MATCH REPORT: SOFAPAKA FC WHIPS GOR MAHIA

Sofapaka thrashed Gor Mahia in a Kenyan Premier League match Saturday 8th February.

Fastest KPL goal

In a match staged at Narok Stadium, we took an early lead within 32seconds of the match through Promise Chinonso who headed in Elli Asieche’s delivery.

Onyango levels

Fourteen minutes later our opponents leveled the scoreline through Samuel Onyango who headed in past keeper Aimo Richard . 

Kayanja’s chance

With just a minute before the half time breather, we almost restored our lead but a quick reaction by Momanyi Charles denied Brian Kayanja’s goal bound effort with keeper Mapigano well beaten.

Promise’s double

We restored our lead in the 55th minute through Nigerian Promise Chinonso who once again headed in Elli Asieche’s delivery from a resultant corner kick.

Sunday’s screamer 

In a largely dominant half we struck the third of the match through Sebastine Sunday whose thunderbolt shot went in past David Mapigano in goal for Gor Mahia. 

The wins brings to end our winless run against Gor Mahia. We move a place up in the log on eighth position.

Next assignment

We shall take on Balaji EPZ in FKF Betway Cup. 

SECOND LEG LINEUP AGAINST GORMAHIA FC

We host Gor Mahia fc at the Narok Stadium, Machakos on Saturday 8th February 2020 for our KPL 2019/2020 league round twenty tie and this is our lineup as presented by our Head Coach John Baraza and the technical bench.

Starting eleven include:

Richard Aimo .32
Willis Obayi .3  (C)
Mohammed Kilume .4
Brian Kayanja .9
Elli Asieche .16
Jedinak Ameyaw Nana .17
Titus Achesa .20
Sammy Imbuye .25
Stephen Otieno .27
Promise Chinonso Uzoagba .33
Sebastine Ikekhai Sunday .66

SUBSTITUTES
Isaiah Wakasala .30
Faina Jacobs .6
Collins Wakhungu .7
Cersidy Okeyo .10
Thomas Wainaina .12
David Simiyu .18
Ronald Okoth .23

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MATCH PREVIEW: SOFAPAKA VS GOR MAHIA

Sofapaka will host Gor Mahia in a Kenyan Premier League match slated for Saturday 8th February. 

We shall be meeting in a just a fortnight ago in which Gor emerged winners. 

Ahead of the clash, head coach John Baraza has described the match an opportunity to stop the league leaders,” We have prepared well for the match I think and feel we are ready for tomorrow’s clash and I hope we are going  to stop them. The players have been positive despite having not had good results against them. We have made the players aware that we want to get going and the plan is to get three points and I hope we are going to get the points starting tomorrow.” Said Baraza

Match Stats 

We haven’t had a good run against Gor Mahia and the coach would wish to put to an end the poor run with the last outing two weeks ago ending 2:1 in favour of the league leaders. 

Form guide

We are placed 10th on the log with just a win in 2020. Our opponents top the table on 44points and are on a good run having won all there four matches since the beginning of the of the year.

Team News

All players are available for selection except for keeper Nicholas Sebwato who has a knock on his knee, striker Brian Nyakan ankle knock and Brian Magonya who is continuing with his rehab after a successful surgery.

Time: Saturday 8th February 4:15pm

Venue: Narok stadium.

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“WE MUST STEP UP” ASIECHE ON GOR MAHIA TIE.

Sofapaka will host Gor Mahia FC in a Kenya Premier League match Saturday 8th February. 

In a match that will be staged at Narok Stadium, we shall host Gor Mahia in round 20 of league fixture. Ahead of the clash, club’s assistant captain has called on his teammates to step up more; “We have been training well and equally playing well in our matches but we haven’t been consistent and getting results we have been hoping for.”

On being clinical, “for you to win you have to be clinical at goal, I feel this has been lacking. In most of our past matches, we have always been ready but I feel we being clinical at goal has been our major undoing and generally we haven’t stepped up rightly as needed.” 

On mentality, “there is more to just being ready and preparing well and that is stepping up with the right attitude, I feel this has also been lacking because in most occasions we have led only to surrender.” I want urge my teammates to step up more because we need to get back to winning ways and to maintain consistency thus I feel this  the only way we going to achieve all this.”

On Gor Mahia match,” it’s always going to be a tough match facing them but I feel we are well prepared to taken on them, we haven’t had a good run against them and we hope to make start making a difference by picking maximum points tomorrow.” Said Asieche. 

The match will Kick-off at 4:15pm at the Narok Stadium.