Former Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Sofapaka today completed the signing of Mathare United midfielder Roy Okal and goalkeeper Kevin Omondi from league rivals Wazito.

The duo have both signed a deal with the 2009 champions that will see them stay at the club for the next two years.

Okal 24, a former product of Laiser Hill High School who caught the eyes of many league clubs when he represented his school at the national championships, is seen as a direct replacement of Cercidy ‘Carrick’ Okeyo whose contract with Sofapaka elapsed and he landed an opportunity in the Middle East.

Okal who apart from playing for Mathare United, has also had stints with Ushuru and a Greek lower league side, can play both as defensive or offensive midfielder.

Omondi on the other hand will be replacing Ugandan national Nicholas Sebwato who has parted ways with the team after his contract ran out, but he has to fight for a first team position against Richard Aimo and Isaiah Wakasala.

Omondi who arrives from big spenders Wazito, previously had a stint with Sony Sugar.


Betting firm Betika renews sponsorship deal with Sofapaka

Sofapaka have renewed their partnership with Betika for two more years in a deal worth Shs 77M for the next two seasons.

The deal comes after the expiry of the previous one-year deal sponsorship worth Shs 35M in May 2020. This subsequently is a 10% increment from the previous 35M for the next two seasons.

In an event held at the club’s training ground in Eastleigh, club president Elly Kalekwa welcomed Betika’s continued partnership with the club, “We are glad to have our partnership with Betika continue to grow. We are delighted to have the firm once again come to our aid during these uncertain times. We hope this will go a long way in motivating the players to effectively deliver on the pitch.”

” I want to thank Betika for being with us over the years and we promise to continue to work with them in the future” concluded Club President

Betika’s head of Business Mr. John Mbatia expressed his satisfaction on the club’s progress adding they will continue to support the club to nurture talents.


Sofapaka Football Club is demanding an apology from Shikanda for uncalled utterance on the team despite all the accolades the 2009 league winners enjoy.

The club’s president Mr. Elly Kalekwa has termed Shikanda’s utterances as disrespectful and demands an immediate apology.

The Leopard’s chairman made the remarks during a live Facebook show hosted by one Carol Radull dubbed Radull Live. “Without Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, there is no football in Kenya. I just know KCB as a bank and not a football team and I have never known a team calling itself Sofapaka,” said Shikanda. 

“This is lack of respect and we demand an immediate apology from AFC Leopards chairman Dan Shikanda. He should know that Sofapaka is in the world history books as one of the teams that won the Kenyan Premier League(KPL) on its debut season,” Kalekwa said.

The chairman further added “All the teams playing in the top flight league need to be respected. When AFC Leopards was relegated did the league stop? It is not fair to talk ill of Sofapaka because since we joined the top flight league we have represented the country at the continental competitions.”

The president concluded by urging the Leopards chairman the two clubs have had a cordial relationship since time in memorial and therefore asked him to honor their deal on Rwandese defender Soter Kayumba loan deal move.

Ends of 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.


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.


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

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


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.


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 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.


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.