September 27, 2023NEWSSofapaka’s newly appointed assistant coach Ezekiel Akwana stated he rejoined his former club to aid coach Francis Haringingo win matches. The former international who has previously been part of the Batoto ba Mungu rejoins the 2009 champions after serving at Muranga seals and Mathare United clubs. Akwana believes his vast experience in coaching in the local league will play a huge role in making Sofapaka win their game against Nairobi City Stars this Saturday and finish the league among the top six teams. “Am elated to be back at home and my main role as an assistant coach is to work together with coach Haringingo to ensure the club start winning their matches. We have a good team with talented, skilled and hard- working players that can help in producing positive results. As the head coach deals with the players my duty will be keenly studying and monitoring our opponents in order to be well prepared for combat when we take to the center stage, “Quipped Akwana. In regards to having pressure after being brought in when the team is languishing at the bottom of the 18-team log with a single point from three defeats a draw Akwana stated, “Every coach is always after the three points and am no exception, we have a new coach taking over a team with a fair number of new players and this can be a little problematic. Its good that we have discovered the jelling problem now rather than later and dealt with it. With the kind of training we have had for last couple of days am assured of a win and fans to turn up in large number to help us in our quest to this season,” [...]
September 25, 2023NEWSAfter going down by a solitary goal in the hands of Ulinzi Stars FC at Ulinzi Sports Complex, Nairobi on September 24, Sofapaka tactician Francis Haringingo acknowledged that he is now under pressure to produce positive results. Sofapaka have played four games in which they have only managed to collect a point after playing to a 1-1 all draw against champions Gor Mahia FC in their opening clash before going down 1-0 to visiting Bandari FC in their second game. In their third game Batoto ba Mungu lost 3-1 in the hands of Posta Rangers. The soft spoken Burudian coach stated he is now under pressure for the team to score more goals in order to get out of the bottom of the 18-team log. “We played well against the soldiers today if only we had utilized all the chances that we created I believe we would have emerged victorious. My players had outclassed our challengers in every aspect until they got the free-kick which they successfully converted to a goal and that’s football, you are punished by making a mistake and you win by utilizing the chances that you get,” said Haringingo He added, “Our mission now is to go back to the drawing board and work on scoring because I trust the forwards are capable of finding the back of the net in order for us to start collecting three points. This week we are going to work have an intense training session as we prepare to battle Nairobi City Stars at the weekend.” Haringingo believes he has good players that are able to produce positive results before the end of the first leg as well at finish with a silverware at the end of the season. Batoto ba Mungu are placed 18th on team log with a single point, nine points below table toppers Posta Rangers. [...]