MIKE MUIRURI JOINS SOFAPAKA FC

Mike Muiruri has on Thursday 6th February joined our technical bench as club’s assistant head coach.  

Muiruri joins us from Division one side Soy United. The tactician inked a three-year deal with the club and starts work promptly.

Speaking to club’s media, Muiruri expressed his delight on joining the team and promised to work collectively.

On his feeling joining the club,”I’m glad joining Sofapaka FC. It’s such a massive club with some good achievements and strong following.” 

On how he joined Sofapaka,”well  I was heading to Kisumu All Stars but it was upon the request of  coach John Baraza who approached me and requested me to help out, I gave it a thought and upon deliberating I  decided to join the team because of the ambition and the target of the club.”

On the team,” from my first session ,there is talent and quality in the team. Just a few areas to be worked on and we shall be pretty okay. Lastly Sofapaka is a such family, they have welcomed me warmly and I feel settled ready to deliver.”

Head coach John Baraza has hailed Mururi’s addition terming it a positive addition to the team,” He Mururi is an experienced coach,he comes in with alot to offer and help improve the team. I contacted him because I felt as a team we were not doing well in some areas, especially in our defence area. So I thought of him because he’s good at that area and generally is top coach who will help me out to realise the club’s ambition.” Baraza said. 

Coach Mururi previously managed Vihiga United, Kakamega Homeboyz, Chemelil Sugar and most recently Soy United FC. His first match will be on Saturday 8th February when we host Gor Mahia FC at Narok Stadium.

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SEBASTINE SUNDAY REFLECTS ON HIS DEBUT FOR THE CLUB

While speaking to club’s media, Sunday narrates on making his debut for the club and KPL experience;

On making his debut for the club, “It was a good start for me, I honestly loved the whole experience even though we didn’t get the results we wanted but it was a point well gained especially after we had gone behind.”

On weather he expected to start against Mathare United, “as a sports man you always have to be ready because this our job and we have to do it when called upon. I honestly didn’t expect to start but when the coach talked to me in on of the two training sessions we had, I knew he wanted to have me in for the match so I prepared mentally for the match and gave my best for the team.”

On his view of the  Kenya Premier League, “KPL is a total different league, each and every country has got a culture so is Kenya, the players are quick and it’s  full of physicality so I have to keep working to be at my best face each opponent competitively.”

On facing Gor Mahia, “it won’t be an easy game, but am ready we are ready. We are hopeful we shall pick our full points of the new month.” Sunday concluded.

Sebastian Sunday will be hoping to make his second appearance for the club when we take on Gor Mahia FC. 

JOHN BARAZA REACTS TO DRAW AGAINST MATHARE UNITED.

We held visiting Mathare United to a one all draw in an entertaining match in what head coach John Baraza termed a fair result.

While speaking to the club’s media after the match, Baraza lauded the players fighting spirit whilst welcoming the one point we got out of the match. 

On whether facing Mathare United was a tough opponent; “I was expecting a total difficult match against Mathare United, they are a good side with some good players and on a good day they can punish you if you don’t plan well.” 

On whether a point was a fair result, “I’m glad we picked a point from the match and I can only congratulate the players because they did give their best. They pushed themselves even harder especially when we had gone down in the early opening minutes of the second half.”

On whether impressed with new acquisitions performance; “I’m totally impressed with the new signings in Promise Chinonso, Sebastine Sunday and Brian Kayanja, they showed they are in for business despite having just had one training session on the eve of the game. They gave their best, they fought and that shows we have the right players to help us compete.” I’m impressed with how they played today, they totally performed beyond our expectations being that they are new into the league. I look forward to more from them.”

On up coming matches; 

“We have so far played 19 and we got 13 more to go, I believe if we plan well then we will collect maximum points to help us fight for league title.” Baraza conclude.

The team will resume it’s preparations Tuesday morning ahead of Gor Mahia match. 

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MATCH REPORT: SOFAPAKA-MATHARE SHARE SPOILS

Sofapaka and Mathare United played out to a one all draw in a Kenyan Premier League match staged at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos. 

Barren half

In early kick off, we started strongly and looked more lively of the match but our opponents defended well to keep the goalless score line. New signing Promise Chinonso was largely a threat linking up well with Jedinak Ameyaw, Ameyaw hard on shot missed the target rolling out for  a goal kick . 

In the 25th minute our visitors almost drew the first blood, a quick attack involving Kinyanjui and Otieno proved a threat, Otieno’s final touch on the ball let him down with shot being picked up by keeper Aimo Richard.

We came close yet again through Kayanja, the Ugandan headed in from a tight angle only to narrowly miss with keeper well beaten. 

Early lead

On resumption, our rivals took an early lead in the 54th minute through Daniel Lual who headed in Kinyajui’s corner-kick delivery.

Nana’s equalizer

In what seemed to be going Mathare’s way, Nigerian forward Jedinak Ameyaw drew us level tapping in from Asieche Elli’s cut in delivery. 

Next assignment

We shall host Gor Mahia on Saturday 8th February

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SOFAPAKA FC LINEUP AGAINST MATHARE UNITED FC

We host Mathare United fc at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Sunday 2nd February 2020 for our KPL 2019/2020 league round ninteen 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 
Faina Jacobs .6
Brian Kayanja .9
Elli Asieche .16 (C)
Jedinak Ameyaw Nana .17
Titus Achesa .20
Sammy Imbuye .25
Promise Chinonso Uzoagba .33
Kefa Aswani .50
Sebastine Ikekhai Sunday .66

SUBSTITUTES
Isaiah Wakasala .30
Mohammed Kilume .4
Collins Wakhungu .7
Thomas Wainaina .12
Ronald Okoth .23
Stephen Otieno .27
Wisdom Naya .28

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MATCH PREVIEW: SOFAPAKA VS MATHARE UNITED

Sofapaka FC will host Mathare United in a Kenyan Premier League match slated for Sunday 2nd February at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.

In a match that proves to be critical head coach John Baraza has termed the clash a must win. While speaking to the club’s media Baraza said; “We have not had a good run and we need to step up because our fellow competitors are doing quite well. We dropped points in matches we ought not to have, thus we just have to get back to winning ways come tomorrow.” 

Ahead of the match below is a sneak preview of our past meetings: 

Match Stats 

We have met in 23 occasions in which we have won 12 matches while our opponents Mathare United won 4 matches with 7 matches ending up in draws. 

In our last league encounter we emerged winners beating our rivals by a solitary goal through Brian Nyakan.

Form guide

We are placed ninth and tenth respectively on the log with a point separating each sides. In our past three outings we’ve both won, drawn and lost once.

Team News

We shall have our new signings Brian Kayanja, Promise Chinonso Uzoagba and Sebastian Ikekhai Sunday making their debut for the club. However the club will miss the services of David Simiyu and Brian Nyakan who are sidelined due to injuries.  

Venue: Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos

Time: Sunday 2nd February 1:00pm

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SOFAPAKA FC LINEUP AGAINST GOR MAHIA FC

We play Gor Mahia fc at the Moi Stadium, Kisumu City on Wednesday 29th January 2020 for our KPL 2019/2020 league round eighteen tie 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 
Noukeu Joel .5
Thomas Wainaina .12
Elli Asieche .16 (C)
Jedinak Ameyaw .17
David Simiyu .18
Titus Achesa .20
Sammy Imbuye .25
Stephen Otieno .27
Kefa Aswani .50

SUBSTITUTES
Richard Aimo .32
Mohammed Kilume .4
Faina Jacobs .6
Collins Wakhungu .7
George Maelo .8
Brian Nyakan .14
George Owusu .15

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MATCH PREVIEW | GOR MAHIA VS SOFAPAKA FC.

Gor Mahia FC will host Sofapaka FC in a Kenyan Premier League match slated for Wednesday 29th at Moi Stadium, Kisumu. 

We shall take on host Gor Mahia Wednesday afternoon in a rescheduled league tie and ahead of the match, striker Kefa Aswani has urged his teammates to give their best for a win; “We haven’t been consistent in the last few games and it’s time we get back on track.  We didn’t have a good outing as we had expected against Chemelil Sugar and so we need to bounce back to winning ways.” We are going to face a technical side thus we need to be very cautious at the back and utilise our changes upfront. “I urge my fellow teammates to give their best to ensure we emerge victorious tomorrow.” He added.

Match Stats 

We go into Wednesdays match seeking to get back on track. We shall be seeking to win for the first time in our last four meetings in which we have managed a draw while our opponents have won in three occasions with a total of twelve goals scored.

Form guide

We are placed ninth while our rivals are positioned second on the log. Past three league outings both sides have lost once while winning and drawing twice respectively. 

Team News

No injury concerns, all players are fit and available for selection.  Our opponents are equally having no injury concerns and every player should be available for tomorrow’s match.

Venue: Moi Stadium, Kisumu.

Time: Wednesday 29th January 15:00pm

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WE ARE READY: BARAZA ON GOR MAHIA TIE

Head coach John Baraza has expressed readiness ahead of Kenyan Premier League clash against Gor Mahia FC.

Ahead of tomorrow’s crunch tie, club head coach John Baraza has expressed readiness saying;  “We didn’t have a good outing away in Muhoroni against Chemelil Sugar. We didn’t play well in the first half of the match that largely affected our game plan. In the second half they scored the equalizer and afterwards they defended solidly locking our attempts on goal.” 

“On tomorrow’s duel, we are ready, we have trained well, I feel we have rectified on our  areas of weakness and I believe tomorrow we shall have a totally different game. ”

“Gor Mahia are a good side and they are out to win, so are we because we have to bounce back to winning ways. It’s going to be a very difficult and interesting match. “Said Baraza.

We are hosted by Gor Mahia on Wednesday 29th January at Moi Stadium, Kisumu.

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SOFAPAKA FC LINEUP AGAINST CHEMELIL FC

We play Chemelil fc at the Chemelil Sports Complex, Awasi on Saturday 25th January 2020 for our KPL 2019/2020 league round seventeen tie and this is our lineup as presented by our Head Coach John Baraza and the technical bench.

Starting eleven include:

Nicholas Sebwato .99
Mohammed Kilume .4
Faina Jacobs .6
George Maelo .8 (C)
George Owusu .15
Elli Asieche .16 (C)
David Simiyu .18
Titus Achesa .20
Sammy Imbuye .25
Stephen Otieno .27
Kefa Aswani .50

SUBSTITUTES
Richard Aimo .32
Willis Obayi .3
Noukeu Joel .5
Collins Wakhungu .7
Thomas Wainaina .12
Brian Nyakan .14
Jedinak Ameyaw .17