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OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: NEW PROFESSIONALS SIGNINGS

Sofapaka would like to confirm the signing of five Ugandan players added on to the roaster for the 2019/2020 season. The five are goalkeeper Jimmy Kanakulya from Bright Stars, midfielder Mohammed Kasirye from Paidha Black Angels, Allan Katwe from Nkumba University, striker Peter Lwasa from URA FC and defender Musa Malunda from Bul FC.

The players penned their contracts at the club offices on Tuesday afternoon having trained with the club under the watchful eye of head coach Divaldo Alves for the entirety of last week.

Here is they had to state after penning their contracts with the club:

Kanakulya: “I feel really privileged to sign for this great club and so far so good. I have trained with the rest of the guys and I feel welcome here. The challenge is great but I am ready for the task. I know I am coming in to fill huge boots but I will do my best to ensure I continue with the good work,”

Kanakulya

Kasirye: “Coming into a different country requires me to work harder and prove that I should be playing here. I am ready to compete and having seen the team in training for the past week, I know the amount of work awaiting me is not small. My target at Sofapaka is to play well and win trophies,”

Mohammed Kasirye

Katwe: “It has always been my desire to play outside Uganda and getting this chance with Sofapaka is a huge thing for me. It is a good club with good coaches and the work starts now. I have to prove that I deserve to be here,”

Allan Katwe

Musa: “I have played at Vipers before going to Bul and I won two league titles there as well as the Uganda Cup. I want to transfer the winning mentality to this club and win trophies as well. I know that it has been long since the team won a trophy but this season, I want to work hard and help the team win.”

Musa Malunda

NOTE: Defensive midfielder Katwe, 26, has a Bachelors Degree in accounting and a Masters in Finance and Accounting from Nkumba University which sponsored his education while he played for them.

The five will add on to the local steel already settled in at the club including midfielder Cersidy Okeyo (Gor Mahia), Brian Nyakan, Timonah Wanyonyi (Mount Kenya United) and Philip Muchuma (Chemelil Sugar).

Captain George Maelo celebrating with the players

MAELO: TEAM BUILDING UP WELL FOR NEW SEASON

Sofapaka skipper George Maelo believes the team will be sharp and ready when the new Kenyan Premier League season kicks off at the end of the month. Maelo says he is impressed with how players are working in pre-season training and notes everyone is putting in a shift to be in tip top condition for the new campaign.

“We started a bit slow but now we have picked up so well. We are training hard trying to get into the best physical shape and the players are giving their all. We know it is going to be a competitive season and everyone is giving their best,” Maelo said.

He added; “We have the new coach in and some new players too and we are trying to gel as well as grasp the coach’s philosophy and how he wants us to play. So far so good but there is still work to be done,”

“It was great to play a friendly together so that we know exactly how everyone plays, how we get to run and move in the new systems and this has been a learning game for us. We look forward to the next friendly game to perfect everything,” added the defender.

Maelo has also lauded the new players who have come in for their work ethic and believes competition for places this season will be high.

COACH ALVES IMPRESSED BY TEAM’S IMPROVEMENT

New Sofapaka head coach Divaldo Alves says he is impressed with the team’s improvement since he took charge a week ago. Coach Alves oversaw his first friendly match since taking charge with Sofapaka playing to a 1-1 draw with National Super League side Ushuru FC.

The coach fielded all players in the friendly played at the Ruaraka Complex on Thursday morning with Elli Asieche scoring Sofapaka’s goal.

“The players are improving a lot since I came in. In the first half we enjoyed to see us playing football, trying to put our crosses, put into details what we have worked on and I am happy we are coming up step by step,” the tactician stated.

He added; “We deserved to score more because we had the chances. We were 1-0 in the first half which was good enough but in the second half we had some very simple mistakes which saw us concede. I think this is a word to the players that we need to eliminate these kinds of mistakes because the league starts soon.”

The team is scheduled to have one more friendly match next week as the tactician steps up his training ahead of the start of the new season to ensure the team completely grasps his playing style and tactics.

“There are several things we need to work on; we need to be better offensively but biggest of all we need to improve in our defensive movements. That is one thing I have looked at that we need to improve on majorly,” the coach stated.

President Elly Kalekwa welcoming the new coach Divaldo Alves

OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION: DIVALDO ALVES

Sofapaka Would like to confirm that Portuguese coach Divaldo Alves has arrived in the country and will take over as the club’s heads coach for the 2019/20 season. Alves is a Portuguese citizen born in Angola to an Angolan mother and a Portuguese father.

He arrived in the country on Wednesday night and visited the team’s training session at the Eastleigh High School on Thursday morning. He was welcomed to the team by president Elly Kalekwa and Team manager Hillary Echesa where he was formally introduced to the team.

On his arrival, Mr. Alves had this to say: “I am glad to be here, this is my first time coaching in Africa but being a person who was born here in this continent, it is a great pleasure for me to come and work here in Kenya. I have been back to the continent many times before doing workshops with coaches in Angola, South Africa and Algeria so finally coming to work here permanently is a pleasure,”

“I have seen a bit of what the players are like from the training session and I must say I am happy with their technical ability in handling the ball, the passing and vision. Of course there are a few things here that we need to change which is normal in football and I promise that we will work on it together,”

“I know that the team has not won the league since 2009 but I am ready to say that we will do the best possible effort, to put our blood on the pitch just to see the team win a title this season,”

“My philosophy is based on attack. I am an attacking coach and I love to have the ball and score. This is my mentality of the game but also we must have a balance between attack and defense,”

“As fans of Batoto ba Mungu I promise that we will work together as a family to achieve results.”

New Sofapaka Coach Divaldo Alves
New Sofapaka Coach Divaldo Alves

Mr. Alves will watch the team in a friendly match on Friday at Camp Toyoyo before laying out his plans and officially starting work on Monday. He told the players: “We will have to work hard as a team to get results and even if I am hard on you as players, just know it is because I want the best for all of us.”

Club president Elly Kalekwa said; “We are happy to welcome Mr Alves into the team. We trust in his ability and his experience and as a club we have been attracted to his vision and what he wants to achieve. Our hunger is the league title because it has been a long time and we trust he will do it,”

Mr. Alves has worked in Malaysia, Lithuania, Oman and his native Portugal. He will be assisted in his new role by John Baraza as the first assistant coach and Mshagalusha Ndagano as the second assistant.

OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION: DEPARTURE OF PLAYERS

Following the completion of the 2018/2019 season, the club can confirm that the following players have left on mutual consent.

  • Stephen Waruru
  • Dennis Odhiambo
  • Justin Ndikumana
  • Mousa Omar
  • Pistone Mutamba
  • Cliff Kasuti
  • Mike Oduor
  • Ibrahim Kajuba

Waruru has since joined KCB fc while Oduor and Mutamba have joined Wazito fc with Cliff Kasuti heading to Bandari fc. Dennis, Justin and Moussa have asked to leave the club and we have come into mutual agreement to hand them release letters.

Meanwhile, striker Umaru Kasumba left after his contract with the club ended and has since joined Zambian outfit Zesco United.

“I want to thank all the players for the service they have given to the team. They have been exceptional professionals even in the wake of the challenges we have faced and I want to laud them for the great service they have given to the club,” club president Elly Kalekwa has said.

He added; “I am particularly pleased with Justin and Mousa because they were soldiers for the team. They gave their all and fought like this team was their blood and I want to wish them all the best in their future engagements.”

Coach John Baraza has added; “Football is all about making progress and I feel happy that our players are moving on to greener pastures. As a coach I want to thank them for the service they gave the team especially last season when we finished third. They gave me an easy time as a coach and I would want to wish them all the best in their new career paths.”

Meanwhile, the president says plans are in place to replace the players who have left and he has assured that the quality will be the same, if not better. He has also revealed that a new coach is set to join in this week.

“We have already started engaging with some players and we have progress. We have to build a strong team for the new season because we want to compete for trophies. We will have a foreign coach jetting in this week,” the president stated.

The team is already in top gear for pre-season preparations under the tutelage of Baraza.

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SOFAPAKA SEALS PARTNERSHIP DEAL WITH LIVING 3D

Former Kenyan Premier League champions Sofapaka have landed a lucrative partnership deal with a US based Technology Company Living 3D Holdings Limited. 

The deal that would see Living 3D bring in a foreign coach to the team and five foreign players to help the 2009 champions in their quest to win the local title again, will last for one year with a possibility of extension.

According to the company’s Executive Manager Paolo Pereira who signed the contract with Sofapaka President Elly Kalekwa in Nairobi today, the company will cater for the salaries of the foreign coach and the five foreign players being brought to the team.

Sofapaka seals sponsorship deal with living 3d
Sofapaka seals sponsorship deal with living 3d

He also said the partnership will see them share proceeds from future players transfers as they are keen to market the club players in Europe and Asia.

“We are excited to be in partnership with Sofapaka. I have read about the team and I’m happy to be part of them now. We are based in Singapore but do business in many countries across the world,” said Pereira.

Kalekwa said the partnership would go along way in supporting the team both financially and to market their players abroad.

He said Living 3D would supplement main sponsors Betika, saying the team had been struggling financially after Betika abruptly slashed their sponsorship from Sh50 million a year to Sh 15 million annually.

Sofapaka who finished last season third are keen to return to their glory days and have vowed to go for the local title when the new season kicks off on August 30.

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SOFAPAKA FC LINEUP AGAINST KAKAMEGA HOMEBOYZ FC

Our final lineup is as follows when as we host Kakamega Homeboyz fc at Mbaraki Stadium, Mombasa on Wednesday 29th May 2019 for the Sportpesa Premier League Championship as presented by our Head Coach John Baraza and the technical bench.

Starting eleven include:

Isaiah Wakasala .39
Willis Obayi .03
Faina Jacobs .06
Umaru Kasumba .13
Moussa Omar .15
Elli Asieche .16
Titus Achesa .20
Stephen Waruru .22 (C)
Ronald Okoth .23
Brian Magonya .26
Kepha Aswani .50

SUBSTITUTES
Richard Aimo .32
George Maelo .08
Pistone Mutamba .09
Micheal Oduor .11
Tevin Omutere .19
Emmanuel Pala .24

 
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SOFAPAKA FC LINEUP AGAINST BANDARI FC

Our SPL Round 33 lineup is as follows when we are hosted by Bandari fc at Mbaraki Stadium, Mombasa on Sunday 26th May 2019 for the Sportpesa Premier League Championship as presented by our Head Coach John Baraza and the technical bench

Starting eleven include:

Justin Ndikumana .01
Faina Jacobs .06
George Maelo .08 (C)
Umaru Kasumba .13
Moussa Omar .15
Elli Asieche .16
Titus Achesa .20
Ronald Okoth .23
Brian Magonya .26 
John Avire .40
Kepha Aswani .50

SUBSTITUTES
Richard Aimo .32
Willis Obayi .03
Pistone Mutamba .09
Micheal Oduor .11
Tevin Omutere .19
Stephen Waruru .22
Emmanuel Pala .24

Super Kasumba bags second SJAK monthly award

SUPER KASUMBA BAGS SECOND SJAK MONTHLY AWARD

Sofapaka’s Ugandan striker Umaru Kasumba has been named the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) player of the month for February becoming only the second player ever to clinch two awards in the same season.

Kasumba won the coveted trophy in February for the first time before coach John Baraza and keeper Justin Ndikumana followed that up with a double award for coach and player in March.

Kasumba’s seven goals in April put him ahead of everyone else, beating AFC Leopards’ Whyvonne Isuza and two of the league’s top three scorers, leader Allan Wanga of Kakamega Homeboyz and third placed Enosh Ochieng of Ulinzi Stars.

In the final vote tally by the SJAK football committee, Kasumba managed 23 points ahead of Isuza who had 21 while Wanga and Ochieng had 16 and 10 points respectively.

“I knew you would come back and give me another award. I’m a believer so when I told you that I’ll win it again before the season ends it was out of my faith,” Kasumba said as he received his award at the team’s training base in Eastleigh.

“I am very happy and pleased to be getting this award because it is the product of teamwork and hard work on the pitch. My target now is to fight for the golden boot and I hope I can get it in the final two games of the season,” Kasumba stated.

Meanwhile, the striker has confirmed he will be heading to Europe for a series of trials after the season ends and he is hopeful of clinching a deal.

“I have faith that I will go there and work hard to earn a professional move abroad. But at the moment my concentration is on helping the team finish the season strongly and try to win the golden boot. There are several contacts that I have had from Germany but we will wait for a confirmation from my representatives,” Kasumba stated.

The striker has scored 17 goals this season and ranks as the second best scorer in the league after Allan Wanga who has 18.

Round 32 lineup against Chemelil FC

SOFAPAKA FC LINEUP AGAINST CHEMELIL FC

Our lineup for SPL Round 32 is as follows when we play Chemelil fc at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 for the Sportpesa Premier League Championship as presented by our Head Coach John Baraza and the technical bench

Starting eleven include:

Justin Ndikumana .01
Faina Jacobs .06
George Maelo .08 (C)
Micheal Oduor .11
Umaru Kasumba .13
Moussa Omar .15
Elli Asieche .16
Titus Achesa .20
Brian Magonya .26 
John Avire .40
Kepha Aswani .50

SUBSTITUTES

Richard Aimo .32
Willis Obayi .03
Mohammed Kilume .04
Pistone Mutamba .09
Tevin Omutere .19
Stephen Waruru .22
Emmanuel Pala .24