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CAPTAIN MAELO LAUDS TEAM MATES, CALLS FOR MORE POSITIVE RESULTS

Sofapaka defeated Nzoia Sugar on Sunday 12th January in a match that was played at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos and club captain George Maelo has lauded team mates for their positive response over the weekend.

“We had a good performance over the weekend against a tricky Nzoia Sugar. In the first half they gave us a good test and largely frustrated us but in the second half we showed character and our mental strength that made us get the four goals. ”

“Am happy with our new signings because they have adjusted to our system of play despite we being on a jelling process. The new players who have had opportunities have performed well and it has given us a lot of depth and competition in the squad.”

On his goal, captain Maelo adds to being delighted having been on the score sheet; 

“Personally am delighted to have been on the score sheet for the team just after five minutes of being on the pitch. After several assists for the team I finally scored and more so as the club’s captain it generally  feels good.” 

“We got two matches to go before the end of the January and currently we are not in our best position. I would like to urge my fellow team mates to give their best to win the two encounters so as to be in championship contention.”  Maelo concluded

The team will be out of action this weekend following  a bye in FKF Shield Cup round 64 fixture. The team will continue with preparations ahead of upcoming league tie away to host Chemelil Sugar FC.  

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FKF SHIELD CUP DRAW: SOFAPAKA HANDED A BYE.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Cup draw was conducted Tuesday 14th January at Intercontinental Hotel. 

During the draw, the club was handed a bye in round 64 of the tournament and will face winner between Bankers side Equity FC and Balaji EPZ on the weekend of 15th and 16th February. 

Full Cup Draw 

  1. Nairobi Water v Zetech Titans. Winner meets FC Talanta
  2. (Congo Boys v Tandaza) v Posta Rangers
  3. (Equity v Balaji EPZ) v Sofapaka
  4. (Jericho Relevation) v Nation FC.v Bidco
  5. (Kenpoly v Mwatate United) v Kariobangi Sharks
  6. (Kariobangi Sharks B v Naivas) v Gor Mahia
  7. (Re Union v KSG Ogopa) v Bandari 
  8. (FC Shells v SS Assad) v Fortune SACCO
  9. (MMUST v Keroka Technical) v Vihiga United
  10. (Transfoc v Mara sugar) v Ushuru 
  11. (Zoo Youth v Sindo United) v KCB
  12. (Butali Sugar v Flamingo) v Migori Youth
  13. (Nyabururu Spotiff v Black Diamond Rangers) v Kisumu Allstars
  14. (Elim v CUSCO) v AFC Leopards
  15. (Soy v Dero) v Wazito
  16. (Luanda Villa v GDC) v Ulinzi Stars
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SOFAPAKA THUMPS NZOIA SUGAR

Sofapaka fc thumped visiting Nzoia Sugar 4:1 on Sunday 12th January in a Kenyan Premier League match staged at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.

Dull half

In an early kick off, Sofapaka started strongly with a Wakhungu effort but his hard on shot went out wide. Another quick attempt would ensue in 23rd minute, Ghanian Nana Jedinak linked up well with Wakhungu who in turn had a hard shot at goal only to miss narrowly. 

Nzoia Sugar would then rise to occasion pressing us on our own half but the defence stood firm leading to barren half. 

Quick goals

On resumption for the second half, head coach John Baraza pulled out Aswani Kefa for Brian Nyakan and after only two minutes on the pitch, Nyakan and Wakhungu combined well before setting Simiyu through who made no mistakes tapping in our first goal of the day. 

Three minutes later we pushed forward former Nzoia man Thomas Wainaina attempt got handled, Elli Asieche stepped up converting from the spot to double our lead.

In the 63rd minute, Nzoia pulled one back through Morris who rose to chest in from a long throw in. Coach Baraza threw in Mohamed Kilume for Nana Jedinak a move that stabilized our midfield. Titus Achesa added our third of the match after a quick solo ran before substitute George Maelo completed our big win with an easy tap in from Elli Asieche’s lovely delivery. 

Next assignment

The team will have one day rest before resuming training in preparation for next league fixture away to Chemelil Sugar.

SOFAPAKA FC LINEUP AGAINST NZOIA FC

We host visiting Nzoia fc at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Sunday 12th January 2020 for our KPL 2019/2020 league round sixteen 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 
Collins Wakhungu .7
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
Noukeu Joel .5
Faina Jacobs .6
George Maelo .8
Brian Nyakan .14
Ronald Okoth .23

SOFAPAKA VS NZOIA SUGAR PREVIEW

SOFAPAKA VS NZOIA SUGAR PREVIEW

Sofapaka fc will play host to visiting Nzoia Sugar fc on Sunday 12th January 2020 at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.

2009 Kenya Premier League champions, Sofapaka fc will host milling side Nzoia Sugar in a Kenya Premier League match slated for Sunday. 

The match will mark the beginning of the second leg matches and head coach John Baraza has rallied his players to go for a win; 

“We played well but we switched off in the second half leading to us being punished.”  We have lost two matches in a row and it’s a big concern to us, especially in both occasions where we were leading only to throw away the leads.” 

“First leg is now behind us and so we want to have a better second leg, we are beginning with a home fixture against Nzoia and we are simply going for a win. We have talked to the players and they have assured us of a positive second leg.”

Head to Head

The teams have met in seven occasions, winning two a piece respectively while drawing three times. First leg meeting ending in favour of Nzoia Sugar who won by 2:1. 

Team News

It is a full house for the club with no injury concerns except of Brian Magonya who’s recovering. The team welcomes back Faina Jacobs and David Simiyu who both return after sitting out due to suspension. 

Time and venue

The match will kick off as from 1pm and not 2pm as earlier communicated and will aired live on  KTN News TV.

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ELLI ASIECHE: NZOIA MATCH A MUST WIN!

Sofapaka fc influential midfielder Elli Asieche has termed next league fixture against Nzoia Sugar fc a must win match. 

In our last league fixture, the team lost 2:1 to Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) and stand in captain Elli Asieche has expressed his disappointments while also urging his fellow team mates to go for nothing short of a win on Sunday ; 

“We really had a superb first half taking a deserved lead against KCB, we largely controlled the game but we lost tact and got punished for it.”

“In the second half, we simply collapsed, we failed to punish our opponents and they countered our misses into goal scoring opportunities. We gave them (KCB) alot of spaces, they won most of the second balls which forced us to make mistakes and afterwards we were not able to come back in the match.”

On Nzoia Sugar match, Asieche said that the team is going for a win;

“Dropping 5 vital points in two consecutive matches is a big concern to us as a team, we have keenly looked into areas of concern and going by the training we have had after KCB loss, I  believe they are well addressed. ”

“We going to face a very tricky side who have their own share of problems, they beat us in the first leg, we respect them but we mean business. We have targets thus we really need a strong comeback  to help us attain our goals. Nzoia match is a must win match and we are going to give it our very best because it won’t be a walk in the park.  Asieche concluded.

Sofapaka will host Nzoia Sugar at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Sunday from 1pm and will be aired live

KCB SINKS SOFAPAKA FC.

Host KCB fc came from a goal down to defeat Sofapaka Fc in a Kenya Premier League match staged at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos Wednesday 8th January 2020.

Wakhungu’s opener

Sofapaka started the match brightly and strongly in search for early goals. The club’s pursuit did not last long, new signing Collins Wakhungu struck at the 18th minute of play after being set through by Ronald Okoth for our opener. 

Asieche’s miss

Moments later we could have doubled our lead but his efforts rolled out for the hosts goalkick.

Early change

In a more tensed half, midfielder Mohammed Kilume picked up a knee injury forcing head coach John Baraza to take him off for Joel Noukeu.

KCB’s comeback

In the second half, the host team restored parity in the 56th minute through Victor Omondi after a poor clearance from keeper Isaiah Wakasala.  KCB then doubled their lead thirteen minutes later after a quick counter attack, this time through teenager Brian Ochieng who calmly slotted in past keeper Wakasala.

Coach Baraza threw in Kefa Aswani for Ronald Okoth to salvage the situation but the host defended well to collect full points.

Next match 

The team will have three days to prepare for next league match against Nzoia Sugar on Sunday.

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SOFAPAKA FC LINEUP AGAINST KCB FC

We play KCB fc at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Wednesday 8th January 2020 for our KPL 2019/2020 league round fifteen tie and this is our lineup as presented by our Head Coach John Baraza and the technical bench.

Starting eleven include:

Isaiah Wakasala .30
Willis Obayi .3 
Mohamed Kilume .4
Collins Wakhungu .7
Cersidy Okeyo .10
Brian Nyakan .14
Elli Asieche .16 (C)
Titus Achesa .20
Ronald Okoth .23
Sammy Imbuye .25
Stephen Otieno .27

SUBSTITUTES
Richard Aimo .32
Brian Wetende .2
Noukeu Joel .5
George Maelo .8
Shawn Oloo .22
Bechoni Juma .24
Kefa Aswani .50

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KCB VS SOFAPAKA PREVIEW

Sofapaka fc will take on host Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) on Wednesday 8th January 2020 at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos. 

The team resumed training session Monday morning in preparation for the match on Wednesday. Ahead of the match, head coach John Baraza has called on his players to defend well; 

“The players have been positive in training despite the setback last weekend. Generally we had a good game against Kariobangi Sharks but we take the blame for not defending well.”

“We lost concentration that cost us three points despite some poor officiating. We were not compact at the back especially on Sharks second goal and we got punished. ”

On KCB match the coach said; 

“We are playing an on form side on Wednesday afternoon. We respect them because they are a good side and currently on some good form but we are going for a win and so we have to defend well, thus have urged my players to be more compact at the back.” 

Head to Head 

In our past league meetings, we have met in ten occasions winning six, losing and drawing twice respectively. The last meeting early last year saw us win by a solitary goal courtesy of Ugandan forward Umaru Kasumba now with Zambian Super League Zesco United. 

League form.

Both teams currently enjoy good run, we are on a seven unbeaten run  while our opponents  have lost once in there last seven league outings. 

Team News

The club will miss the services of two key players, dependable centre back Faina Jacobs and new signing David Simiyu due to suspension.

The match will kick off at 2pm and will broadcast live on KTN News. 

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YOUNGSTER SHAWN DANIEL ELATED ON HIS DEBUT.

Sofapaka fc new signing Shawn Daniel Oloo has expressed his joy at making his debut for the club against Kariobangi Sharks on January 4th 2020. 

Speaking to the club’s media, Shawn Daniel Oloo, an immediate former Kakamega High School prodigy is  exhilarated  at making his debut for the club saying; 

“Honestly at first I was so nervous and tensed since it was my first game in a top flight league and for a top club. I did not expect to play a role in the match but in all I gave my best, I learnt a lot in the few minutes that I was on the pitch because it gave me a new perspective and approach to play at the top level.”

He further attributes head coach John Baraza for entrusting him;

“Sincerely and commonly worldwide, it is not always easy to sign for a big club and days later make your debut at a tender age. Am so pleased I did make my debut in my first appearance for the club thus it only shows the faith the coach has in his players.”

“In a special way, I want to thank coach John Baraza for the opportunity and lifetime experience. I feel my confidence level is getting better and l am ready to work and give my best for club to help the coach achieve the club’s ambition”

The young midfielder will be hoping to play a role in the team’s upcoming league fixture when the club takes on bankers Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB).