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SOFAPAKA FC LINEUP AGAINST CHEMELIL FC

Our round three lineup for KPL 2020 as we host Chemelil fc at Narok Stadium on Sunday 22th September 2019 for the Sportpesa Premier League Championship as presented by our Head Coach Divaldo Alves and the technical bench

Starting eleven include:

Isima Watenga .1
Willis Obayi .3
Mohammed Kilume .4
Faina Jacobs .6
Timonah Wanyonyi .7
George Maelo .8 (C)
Peter Lwasa .11
Elli Asieche .16
Titus Achesa .20
Muhammed Kasirye .27 
Kepha Aswani .50

SUBSTITUTES
Richard Aimo .32
Musa Malunda .5
Brian Nyakan .14
Ronald Okoth .23
Sammy Imbuye  .25
Ibrahim Kitawi .28
Allan Katwe .33

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SOFAPAKA FC LINEUP AGAINST ULINZI STARS FC

Our round two lineup for KPL 2019-2020 is as follows when we play Ulinzi stars fc at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru on Saturday 14th September 2019 for the Sportpesa Premier League Championship as presented by our Head Coach Divaldo Alves and the technical bench

Starting eleven include:

Isima Watenga .1
Willis Obayi .3
Faina Jacobs .6
George Maelo .8 (C)
Peter Lwasa .11
Brian Nyakan .14
Elli Asieche .16
Titus Achesa .20
Muhammed Kasirye .27 
Allan Katwe .33
Kepha Aswani .50

SUBSTITUTES
Richard Aimo .32
Mohammed Kilume .04
Musa Malunda .5
Timonah Wanyoni .7
Ronald Okoth .23
Sammy Imbuye  .25
Ibrahim Kitawi .28

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I AM HERE TO COMPETE, SAYS WATENGA

New Sofapaka signing Ismael Kiyonga says he is not assured of a starting role in the team, acknowledging some tough competition in the goalkeeping department. The Ugandan keeper was signed on deadline day from Ethiopian side Coffee.

“I did not come here as the number one. I came here to compete for the starting role. I have enjoyed my first week because the players are so welcoming and friendly. The two goalkeepers Ihave found here are very good and it will be tough to get a starting role,” he notes.

The keeper further states his targets include winning trophies with Sofapaka.

“I am a winner with a good mentality and I want to lift trophies with Sofapaka. I know that it has been long since the team lifted a trophy and I want to play a role to see that thirst quenched. The Kenyan league is very tough but hopefully we will make it,” he said.

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MAELO RETURN EXCITES COACH ALVES

Sofapaka head coach Divaldo Alves says he is excited with the return of regular skipper George Maelo ahead of this weekend’s trip away to Ulinzi Stars in Nakuru. Maelo missed the league opener against Posta Rangers due to work commitment.

“I am very happy that he is back because he is not only a good player but a leader on the pitch. When he talks his teammates listen to him and it is very important to have such a figure in the team especially with several young players,” the tactician stated.

Maelo has trained with the rest of the players for the last two weeks and is in contention for a place in the team that travels to Nakuru. The defender is looking forward to vying for three points against Ulinzi and believes the team will bounce back from the losing start.

“It will be a tough game away from home but looking at how we have trained this week, I think we are in very good shape. We are focused and everyone knows how important it will be for us to win and bounce back,” Maelo said.

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ASIECHE: WE NEED TO BOUNCE BACK

Sofapaka midfielder Elly Asieche believes Ulinzi Stars will be a hard nut to crack when the two sides clash in Match Day two of the Kenyan Premier League on Saturday at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. However, Asieche believes the team has the ability to go through the tie and get maximum points.

“It will not be easy because Ulinzi is a very tough team. But, we have trained well for the past two weeks, focused on our weak areas and also tried to gel as a team because we have very many new players,”

“Everything has worked well and now we are more cohesive and the unity in the team is coming up very well,” Asieche opined.

He has rallied his teammates to give in a good account and bounce back from the loss against Posta.

“It wasn’t the start we anticipated but we have to put that behind us and focus on the game on Saturday. It will be important for us to get three points because we can’t do the same mistakes we did last season by starting poorly,” he noted.

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COACH ALVES UNPERTURBED DESPITE LOSING START TO SEASON

Sofapaka head coach Divaldo Alves says he is not worried despite the team starting the season with a 2-1 loss at home against Posta Rangers last Friday. The tactician says he was pleased with the performance of the team and was only worried they could not convert the chances they had, hence the loss.

Coach Alves says the players gave in a good fight and showcased a hugely improved performance.

“I saw and loved how the team created many scoring chances and even though they didn’t score i loved that. My concern now is to work on our finishing and improve, I think we will be a great team this season,” the tactician said.

He added; “We really played well and the players have shown some huge improvement since I came in. Of course there are many areas we need to keep working and improving on but I am impressed.”

“Of course it was not a good way to start the season with a loss, but that’s just one game. We have 33 more to play and that is 33 more chances to do things better. I know we can do well, I love the mentality and fighting spirit of my players,” the coach further added.

The boss will have an opportunity to test out more options and formations on Monday when the team takes on Sony Sugar in a friendly match in Narok

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SOFAPAKA TO FACE SONY SUGAR IN FRIENDLY

Sofapaka will face fellow Kenyan Premier League side Sony Sugar FC in  a friendly match at the Narok Stadium on Monday September 9 in the penultimate day of the FIFA International weekend as the team builds up for the second match of the season against Ulinzi Stars in Nakuru.

Head coach Divaldo Alves will use the tie to continue building up his team, looking to improve from the season opening 2-1 loss against Posta Rangers. The match will also be a good platform for the tactician to give new keeper Ismail Watenga some much needed game time.

The match has been made possible by the financial injection from new partners Living 3D whose coming in has breathed a new lease of life to the club, making day to day operations easier and opening up an avenue for playing more build up games.

Living 3D was also integral in the arrival of new keeper Watenga who will boost the goalkeeping department for the new season.

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OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: NEW SIGNING

Sofapaka would like to confirm the signing of Ugandan international keeper, Ismail Abdul Watenga from Ethiopian Coffee SC. The goalkeeper has already arrived in the country and penned a contract just before the closure of the transfer window on Monday night.

“We welcome Ismail to the club. He is a very good and experienced goalkeeper and will be a great addition to the team. We have followed his performances both with the Ugandan national team and his club in Ethiopia and we are convinced he will help the club move to the next level,” Sofapaka Team Manager Hillary Echesa said.

He added; “He will bring in a healthy competition in the goalkeeping department and this in the long run will help improve the team. We are already pleased with his desire and hunger.”

The signing of Watenga comes in after the deal to bring on board Togolese international keeper Djehani N’Guissan Yao fell through in the late stages due to a contractual obstacle with his club ASC Kara.

Watenga who has vast experience playing for the Uganda Cranes, will join the team in training immediately and will be in line to make his debut when the league resumes on September 14.

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SOFAPAKA FC LINEUP AGAINST POSTA RANGERS FC

Our opening lineup for KPL 2019-2020 is as follows when we host Posta Rangers fc at Naroki Stadium, on Friday 30th August 2019 for the Sportpesa Premier League Championship as presented by our Head Coach Divaldo Alves and the technical bench

Starting eleven include:

Isaiah Wakasala .30
Willis Obayi .03
Faina Jacobs .06
Allan Katwe .33
Sammy Imbuye .25
Elli Asieche .16
Titus Achesa .20
Peter Lwasa .11
Muhammed Kasirye .27 
Philip Muchuma .09
Timonah Wanyonyi .07

SUBSTITUTES
Richard Aimo .32
Mohammed Kilume .04
Cersidy Okeyo .10
Brian Nyakan .14
Samuel Mutiria  .17
Ibrahim Kitawi .28
Kepha Aswani .50

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NO PRESSURE FOR COACH ALVES AHEAD OF NEW SEASON

Head coach Divaldo Alves says he is under no pressure ahead of his first match in the Kenyan Premier League against Posta Rangers on Friday in Narok. Coach Alves joined the team three weeks ago and says he feels the team is ready to start the new campaign on a high.

“My expectation for the first game of the season is three points. We have some information about Posta and we know that they have a coach who loves to play a defensive style and we will work on a strategy to open them up,” coach Alves said.

“I am under no pressure really. Of course in football whether you are top or bottom there is always pressure but for me, I have a lot of experience and I know that this is the first match and we should be calm and composed for it,” he noted.

On how the team has shaped up since his arrival, coach Alves says he is happy with the progress, but also states he hopes to improve the team further.

“The players have very high commitment and I am impressed with what I have seen. I love their ability, their skills and technique on the ball. Now we need to polish them like a rough diamond to be more of a beauty. We can improve a lot,” he noted.

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