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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

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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.

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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

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WARURU LAUDS TEAMWORK IN LEAGUE RUN UP

Club captain Stephen Waruru has lauded the importance of teamwork in the team’s run this season, bouncing back from a poor start to the campaign to move all the way into the top three.

The team endured a run of seven winless matches in the opening phase of the season, but bounced back to make for lost ground.

“It has been a good season generally and we have given our best and still giving our best for the remaining matches of the season. Things did not start very well for us but I am happy that we regained our footing to be where we are today. We will still work to achieve our target which is to finish number two,” Waruru stated.

On what has worked for the team this season;

“We had a lot of togetherness and brotherhood in the team. We are like a family and do everything like a unit both on and off the pitch. That has brought a lot of cohesion and in turn the results have reflected on the pitch because we are performing well,” he stated.

The forward hopes he can add on to his scoring tally this season having bagged four goals. Though his primary target was to score above 10 goals this campaign, Waruru says the achievements of the team supersedes any individual accolades.

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WE TARGET NINE POINTS IN THE REMAINING GAMES, SAYS MOUSSA

Sofapaka defender Mousa Omar says the team is targeting to harvest all points on offer in the remaining three games of the season so as to push for a second spot finish. Omar who has been rock solid in the Sofapaka defense believes finishing second would be a good reward for the season.

“We didn’t start very well in the first few games but we recovered and for a tough league like the KPL, I think we can count this as a successful season. We are now in the top three because of the hard work and we need to ensure we finish as strong,” stated Omar.

He added; “We have three games remaining and the target is to collect nine points. This will be a reward for all the work we have put in this season and I believe we can achieve it.”

After the season ends, Omar will be switching his attention to every player’s dream, playing in the African Cup of Nations. The defender played a vital role for his country Burundi, helping them to qualify for their first ever AFCON.

He has been rewarded with a call up to the team that travels for the tournament in Egypt and he now hopes he can make a mark for his country.

“As a player I feel happy to be on the right side of history and be among the players who have taken Burundi to the first ever AFCON. The first part of the job is done now into the second which is actually ensuring we represent Burundi to the best of our ability,” Omar stated.

The defender played in four of the six qualification matches for Burundi, starting in three and coming on as a sub in one. He was in the 18-man squad for all the matches.

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SOFAPAKA FC LINEUP AGAINST NZOIA FC

Our lineup for SPL Round 31 is as follows when we play Nzoia at Mumias Sports Complex on Saturday 18th 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
Willis Obayi .03
George Maelo .08 (C)
Pistone Mutamba .09
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
Micheal Oduor .11
Samuel Mutiria .17
Tevin Omutere .19
Stephen Waruru .22
Ronald Okoth .23
Emmanuel Otieno .24

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BARAZA’S CONFIDENCE IN ME BUOYED MY SEASON, SAYS FAINA

Sofapaka defender Faina Jacobs has disclosed the confidence shown in him by coach John Baraza challenged him to give his best when handed a starting opportunity. Faina has been an ever-present figure in the backline since coach Baraza took charge and his partnership with Moussa Omar has been rock solid.

Faina did not play much at the start of the season.

“As a player, the most important thing for you is playing time and when coach Baraza showed confidence to give me a starting place, I had to work hard to repay his faith. Every time I would be on the pitch I wanted to play my best game possible and not let him down,” Faina said.

“For him to give me a starting position meant he saw something in me and I had to deliver. I kept pushing each game and the teammates have also helped me a lot to play each game better,”

He added; “The season has turned out very well and actually better than I thought. For me this is a good step and hopefully it can be a springing board for next season.”

Faina now believes that if the team is kept together, they can vie for the title next season.

“The problem is that this season we didn’t start well. Had we begun better especially in our first seven games, we would be talking something different now,”

“We have learnt from our mistakes this season and we have worked very hard to make up for lost ground because most people had written us off. If we stay together with the cohesion and understanding we have built as a team, we will be formidable next season,” he stated.

Faina will miss Saturday afternoon’s game against Nzoia Sugar in Bungoma as he is suspended having picked up five yellow cards, but is confident the team will still pick positive results.

“I know we have a good team, we have players who can step up anytime and I believe we will win. Our target now is to finish in the second position and we will fight to get there,” added Faina.

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Ndikumana: We will push to finish second

NDIKUMANA; WE WILL PUSH TO FINISH SECOND

Sofapaka keeper Justin Ndikumana has urged his teammates on to work hard over the last four games of the season to see the team finish second in the Kenyan Premier League standings. Sofapaka’s 2-0 loss to Gor Mahia last weekend to diminish their hopes of vying for the title.

Ndikumana now says the team must dust itself from that disappointment and give their all in the remaining fixtures;

“We were disappointed with that loss but that is in the past now. We have to focus on the task that is ahead of us. We can’t mourn over what has happened behind us but instead focus on ensuring the team finishes as high as possible,” Ndikumana stated.

“For us now, that focus is on second spot. It is something that we can achieve and for the pride of the team will have to work to actualize that plan,” added the keeper.

The Burundian international was recently named in his national team’s squad for next month’s African Cup of Nations and he has expressed his delight.

“I think it is something that I have worked on so hard and since I came to Kenya, I promised myself that I will put in all the work for my team so that I can be seen in the national team. The results are visible and I am very excited. It is every player’s dream to play at a stage such as the AFCON and in the remaining games I will work hard to prove that I can start,” the keeper opined.

Ndikumana joined Sofapaka at the beginning of the season from Congolese side St. Ellois Lupopo.

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Magonya, Kasumba return for Sofapaka ahead of Nzoia trip

MAGONYA, KASUMBA RETURN FOR SOFAPAKA AHEAD OF NZOIA TRIP

Sofapaka has been boosted with the return of midfielder Brian Magonya and top scorer Umaru Kasumba ahead of Saturday’s tie away to Nzoia Sugar in Bungoma. Kasumba who has scored 16 goals this season has missed the last two matches due to a foot injury while Magonya missed the last game against Gor Mahia with a knock.

But, the two have trained well over the past week and have been passed fit for the trip to Bungoma.

“It is a huge plus for the team to have the two back because they have been quite an integral part of the team. They have showed very good fitness levels and their return will give us an edge when we play against Nzoia,” Coach John Baraza said.

Baraza hopes his side can quickly bounce back after last weekend’s disappointment against Gor and has tipped his side to carry the day against a tough Nzoia side.

“Nzoia is not an easy side as you saw on Wednesday they beat the champions Gor. They are a team which plays on the fast break and their wingers are so sharp. This will be a tough assignment for us especially now that we are playing away from home. But we have prepared well and we know we have what it takes to win,” stated Baraza.

On the expectations for the team over the next four games;

“Our ambition now is to fight for that second spot. We started the season badly and I think that is what has cost us because we were always playing catch up. We have worked so hard to be where we are now and I think I am proud of the boys. Now we just need to focus on finishing strong,” Baraza stated.

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