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CLUB PARTNER BETIKA SETTLES WISDOM NAYA’S TREATMENT BILL

Barely a day after promising to aid Naya’s treatment, club partners Betika have approved to fully cater for Wisdom’s treatment. The online gaming firm has contributed Ksh three hundred thousand (300,000) that will cover Naya’s full treatment and recovery.

“We are so glad to for the kind gesture from our partner Betika, we shared with them about Wisdom’s condition, and today they have approved the whole sum that will see into his treatment and recovery. As a club, we are so pleased by the gesture from our partners and we wish Naya successful treatment and recovery. I also want to thank Kenyans for the kind of gesture they have shown and I wish to encourage them to continue with the same spirit.”
Said Kalekwa

On their part, club sponsors Betika have assured continued support towards Wisdom’s treatment. ”
We extend our support to Wisdom as he undergoes chemotherapy sessions to fight cancer. Naya is a talented player and has a bright future ahead and we look forward to his full recovery. said Kate Arudo

“Am so delighted this morning, am out of words to be honest because I didn’t expect this. From my deep down, I want to thank Betika and the club in general for fully coming through for me. Am now optimistic I will undergo treatment and hopefully get back soon,” said Wisdom

On his part Wisdom’s mother has expressed his gratitude for the kind gesture. ” Am so happy, I can’t thank Betika and Sofapaka enough for what they have decided to do for my son. As a mother is at rest now and my only hope is for Naya to heal fully in no time.”

Naya is expected to begin his chemotherapy sessions next week as he aims towards recovery.

CLUB PRESIDENT COMES THROUGH TO NAYA’S AID

Club President Mr. Elly Kalekwa has pledged support for ailing Sofapaka Youth midfielder Wisdom Naya.

Naya who has been diagnosed to have a cancerous, soft tissue sarcoma needs urgent help treatment.

“I was so touched by Wisdom’s condition and as family, we have resolved to be involved in his treatment. We are going to organize ourselves in the next few days in conjunction with our partners and friends to ensure that Wisdom gets the necessary support on his medical expenses.”

On his part Wisdom has expressed his delight at the support from the president: ” Am so happy today talking to the club president for coming through at a moment when am really in need. He is very remorseful for what has been going through and he has assured me of his total support until I get back to my feet.”

On his part Naya’s mother has thanked the club and the president for come through to Naya’s aid: ” My son Wisdom has been in pain for a long time, we hoped it would go only to develop into a huge swelling. When we sought medication we received the bad news, Naya was diagnosed with a cancerous growth in the soft tissues which needed urgent and proper treatment. I want to thank Mr. Kalekwa for coming through and I hope his support will help my son get back to his feet. ”

In conclusion, the president has thanked all the well-wishers who have shown support for Naya. ” I want to sincerely thank all those who have done their contributions towards Wisdom’s treatment. It shows love and care, together with their contributions we as a club and our sponsor will chip in to help Naya receive full treatment.”

Wisdom who joined the senior team at the beginning of the 2019/2020 season before being demoted to the junior team
is expected to undergo a chemotherapy session next week.

OUMA REJOINS SOFAPAKA AS SPORTING DIRECTOR AND ASSISTANT COACH

We are pleased to announce the return of coach
David Ouma.
Ouma who previously spent five years at the club in different capacities before being appointed the national women football team Harambee
Starlets head coach, will double up as the club’s Sports Director and Assistant coach of the senior team.
As a Sports Director, his work would entail being in charge of Youth Development structures and recruitment of talented players.
“Ouma is back home. I knew he would one day come back where his heart really is. He spent five good years with us in different capacities and
during those years, he showed great passion in his work and that is why when he had the chance to work with him again, we didn’t think twice,”
club president Elly Kalekwa said as he unveiled him today.
Ouma said: “First of all I want to thank God that I’m finally back at Sofapaka. It has been a journey, I worked here for about six years, then
I went to be an assistant coach of national men football team Harambee Stars under Bobby Williamson, then I was appointed the head coach of the national women team Harambee Starlets,” Ouma said.
He added: “I can say Sofapaka was my stepping stone to national duties.
It helped in my coaching transition and that is why I’m back since I want to give back after earning a lot of experience and knowledge in the
last few years. My plan with the team is to ensure that we remain as competitive as possible, going into the future assignments.”

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KAKAMEGA HOMEBOYZ VS SOFAPAKA POST-MATCH BRIEFING

After a disappointing 1-0 loss to host Kakamega Homeboyz, head coach Ken Odhiambo discussed Homeboyz’s loss, missed opportunities, slow start, and lack of concentration in a post-match briefing.

Homeboyz loss;
“We lost to Kakamega Homeboyz on Sunday because we didn’t give our best in the game. We began sluggishly and we got punished for it though we tried to fight back in the final half of the game that wasn’t enough to salvage a point in the encounter.”

On opportunities;
“Football is a game of chances, the Homeboyz created one and they utilized it in the game. We created numerous goal-scoring opportunities but we weren’t calm and decisive in our final third and this made it difficult for us to come back in the match.”

On the defeat piling more pressure;
“Definitely yes the loss in Kakamega piles more pressure on us a team and the technical bench. We had a plan and a target but with inconsistent results, we find ourselves in such a pressure situation because such performance keeps off our targets for the season.”

On concentration;
“It has been a concern because in our previous fixtures we have dropped points. On Sunday wasn’t any different, we got punished yet again due to concentration with six minutes of play. We work on it and hopefully, it shall be addressed going into future encounters.”

On whether season target still achievable;
“We are two games to the end of the first leg of the campaign, I believe we are still on course. We want to win our next two home fixtures and build on some proper consistency moving forward because this the only way we are going to get our season up and running.”

On the next assignment;
“We have ten days to our next league fixture against Gor Mahia, we embark on some proper preparations for the game. This a perfect opportunity to us, a win will boost our confidence level.”

We shall play Gor Mahia on Wednesday 31st March.

OPOKU’S EFFORT SINK SOFAPAKA IN BUKHUNGU

Alex Opoku’s seventh-minute strike sinks Sofapaka in Kakamega.

In a Betking, Premier League match played at Buhkungu Stadium, hosts Homeboyz began strongly and their efforts bore fruits scoring with just seven minutes of play. Alex Opoku picked a loss ball in the dangerous area scoring past Kevin Omondi.

Spirited efforts
We came back strongly in the game but our efforts bore no fruits. Our first goal attempt came through Issac Mitima who rose high heading on goal but his effort missed the target going off for a goal kick.

Bizimana Amissi came close again in the first half, a good delivery by Juma to Amissi but his attempt got saved by Oputi.

We had a strong second half, Alex Imbusia and Lawrence Juma were a threat to Homeboyz’s defense, Imbusia came close on three occasions but all his attempts were handled by Oputi. A last-minute spirited attempt by Kingatua, Waithira and Juma almost came close to an equalizer but a good defending from Homeboyz saw us bear no fruit.

Up next we take on Gor Mahia.

ROUND FIFTEEN LINEUP AGAINST KK HOMEBOYZ

We play against KK Homeboyz fc at Bukhungu stadium on 21st March 2021 for our round 15 match Betking Premier League. And this is how we lineup to face them, as headed by our coach Ken Odhiambo.

STARTING ELEVEN INCLUDE:

Kevin Omondi .35
David Nshimirimana .6
Roy Okal .10
Ambrose Sifuna .11
Michael Kibwage .12
Amissi Bizimana .13
Titus Achesa .20
Isaac Mitima .23
Lawrence Juma .24
Nixon Omondi .28
Sebastine Sunday .66

Subs
Simon Masaka .99
Brian Magonya .2
Collins Wakhungu .7
Joseph Waithira .16
Alex Imbusia .19
Sammy Imbuye .25
Stephen Okola .27
David Kingatua .40
Kefa Aswani .50

ODHIAMBO ON MAXIMUM POINTS, MENTALITY AND HOMEBOYZ GAME

The manager held his pre-match press briefing ahead of Sunday’s showdown against Kakamega Homeboyz. The coach discussed maximum points, mentality, consistency, and more.

On Homeboyz fixture;
We are facing strong opposition on Sunday, they are compact at the back and lethal upfront that makes them a hard side not to crack easily. The point difference tells it, we are in for a tough match jut we are well prepared for the duel on Sunday.”

On previous meetings with Homeboyz;
” It has always been close affairs in our past fixtures though we have emerged winners in most occasions and we only want to maintain on the record.”

On mentality;
“To win matches, be at the top, and challenge for the title calls for strong mentality from players throughout. It has been a concern for us in the past fixtures where we lost matches that we should have picked maximum points. We want to be champions and for us to achieve that we need to up on our mentality, we have discussed it and I only hope we start seeing a positive change on it.”

On maximum points on Homeboyz fixture;
“Sunday’s game is a crucial one for us because we seriously need the points. We go into the clash with the sole aim of bagging the points and of course bragging rights too. Our away record is a poor one and we want to bring an end to such by winning Homeboyz fixture and making it two out of two from Posta Rangers win a fortnight ago.”

On consistency;
“It’s still a huge concern, we haven’t had a string of positive results from our fixtures and we want to bring an end to it. A win over Homeboyz and the next two home fixtures will give us a proper picture and momentum.”

On missing five key squad members;
“A huge blow to us missing our key point men up front but we have a good squad and I believe those selected will do a splendid job on Sunday.”

Kakamega Homeboyz will host Sofapaka on Sunday 21st March at Bukhungu Stadium

TEAM NEWS: FIVE OUT AHEAD OF HOMEBOYZ TIE

Below is the latest on Injuries and illness from our medical department ahead of the Kakamega Homeboyz match.

Injuries
Aigba Moubarak
Shoulder: Custodian Moubarak is back undertaking light training. The Togo international will miss the Homeboyz tie as he aims for a full recovery.

Timothy Otieno
Foot: Otieno sustained a foot injury on his left foot in training. The striker will miss the Kakamega Homeboyz match.

Illness
Mohamed Kilume
Malaria: Vice-captain Mohamed Kilume will miss Sunday’s duel due to a Malaria infection

Brain Nyakan
Malaria: Forward Brian Nyakan is out too due to a Malaria infection. The striker is currently under medication.

Pistone Mutamba
Typhoid Infection: Striker Pistone Mutamba has typhoid Infection. He will miss the tie as he continues with treatment.

KAKAMEGA HOMEBOYZ VS SOFAPAKA MATCH PREVIEW

We shall take on host Kakamega Homeboyz in a Betking Premier League match on Sunday at the Bukhungu Stadium.

Ahead of the match below is a preview of all you need to know about Sunday’s fixture.

Match Stats:
A total of eleven matches were played across all competitions, in the eleven fixtures we have won four, our opponents two while the other five fixtures ended in a draw. A sum of 24 goals have been scored in the eleven fixtures played while five yellow cards have been issued in the same period.

Form guide
A point difference separates us from our opponents. We have 19 points and placed at the tenth position while Homeboyz is placed eleventh with 18 points. In the last three outings for both sides, we have won one and drawn twice while our opponents have won one while losing the other two.

Team News
Aigba Moubarak
Shoulder: Keeper Moubarak will yet again miss the Homeboyz tie. The custodian continues with recovery in a bid to return fully fit.

Date : Sunday 21st March
Venue : Bukhungu Stadium, Kakamega.
Time: 3:00PM.

SOFAPAKA VS BIDCO UNITED POST MATCH ANALYSIS

Bidco United held Sofapaka to a barren draw in a Betking Premier League match played on Saturday at Wundanyi Stadium.

Bidco’s half
Visitors Bidco had a brilliant first half, they had numerous chances to convert but were denied by a well-organized Batoto Ba Mungu defense. Former Tusker and Sofapaka forward Peter Nzuki and Stephen Waruru came so close for Bidco but their attempts were well dealt with by keeper Kevin Omondi.

Hosts half
The second half witnessed a strong final half from the team. A series of counterattacks from both the left and right wings proved dangerous but a strong Bidco defense frustrated our attempts. Towards the final minutes of the game, Lawrence Juma would have scored the decisive goal but lack of composure would see him blast his shot off target.

Sifuna shines
Young star Ambrose Sifuna continued to prove a point, the former Soy United winger had a decent game proving a thorn at Bidco’s defense. The youngster had four dangerous solo attempts but was saved.

New signings feature
Our deadline day signings are all featured in the encounter. A second-half appearance for the trio of Mutamba, David King’atua, and Alex Imbusia

Coach’s comment
“Bidco had a good first half, they were on top but we defended well. The second half was ours to get the maximum points but sadly we picked a point.”

On whether Bidco draw is a disappointment;
“Honestly yes we feel disappointed especially when playing at home. We came for the three points in the game but then a point out of it. We welcome the point and shift our focus to the next fixture against Kakamega Homeboyz.”

On new signings ;
“Today we had all our deadline day signings feature in the game. Am happy we have players in every position and it’s only a matter of time for the team to gel. Once we achieve that then we shall be good to go.” The coach concluded.

Sofapaka next faces Kakamega Homeboyz.