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TUSKER LOSS WAS A REALITY CHECK – MAELO

Sofapaka defender and captain George Maelo says the loss against Tusker FC helped the team get back to hard work and admits it was the turning point and a real warning to the players that they must work hard.

After the Tusker loss, the team bounced back to beat Bandari 2-1 and Maelo says they should keep the same spirit heading to Saturday’s game against Nzoia Sugar in Bungoma.

“After losing the Tusker game, we came together as a team and realized where our mistakes are. We managed to regroup and bounced back to beat Bandari. Now we want to keep the winning touch and ensure we don’t repeat the same mistakes,” Maelo said.

He added; “The coach has made his philosophy very clear that as much as our long term target is to win the league, we have to go into each game at a time and play like a final.”

Ahead of the weekend game against Nzoia Sugar in Bungoma, Maelo has called on his teammates to ensure they keep the winning run on.

“We have a good squad now and as a team we have gelled quite well. We are confident that we have what it takes to win. We have analysed Nzoia very well and we know they are tough. However, they don’t have a very good record at home which I think is up to the pressure they face to win,”

“But again, they are a new team with new players who we don’t know much about. We have to be very cautious because sometimes these kinds of teams can really surprise you,”

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OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION: ISAIAH WAKASALA

Our goalkeeper Isaiah Wakasala has on Thursday morning lost his dear father after a long illness bravely borne. The senior Wakasala, also a footballer during his heydays had been responding well to treatment until his condition deteriorated on Wednesday night, leading to his unfortunate demise.

As a club, we stand with Wakasala during this difficult time and wish him and his family strength and God’s mercies as they mourn.

“We have received the news with a lot of sadness and we mourn together with him. We will support him and the family during this difficult time and they are in our prayers,” Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa said.

“As a family, we are saddened with the passing of Wakasala’s father. We have been in the loop over his treatment and everything and I want to commend Wakasala for his strength during this time. As Sofapaka familia we will stick with our player at this time and give him all the support he needs to be strong and go through this tough period,” head coach Divaldo Alves said.

Skipper George Maelo added; “As a family we are together at this time. We will be there to comfort him and go through this tough period. As a team we stick together in good times and bad times.

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BETIKA RENEWS PARTNERSHIP WITH SOFAPAKA

Leading betting firm Betika has on Wednesday morning nrenewed its shirt sponsorship deal with Sofapaka to the tune of Sh35mn for the next one year. This is an increase of the previous Sh15mn per season the bookies were giving Sofapaka.

The deal was signed at a Nairobi hotel on Wednesday by Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa and Betika Marketing Manager John Mbatia.

“We have been partnering with Sofapaka for the last few years and we are glad with the growth they have had and the benefits that have come from this partnership. We are ready to support them even more especially with our community initiatives,”Mbatia said during the launch.

Sofapaka boss Elly Kalekwa added; “We are glad to see the partnership with Betika growing, They came in at a time when we were facing difficult times and we were almost being demoted from the league due to club licensing issues. Through their input, our performance on the pitch has improved and we hope to do more and better. Our target this season is to fight for the title and this financial help they have given us will go a long way in motivating the players.”

Sofapaka skipper George Maelo said; “As players we are very happy with this new partnership because it had been a few difficult months but now things are looking good. When a player is settled on their minds, then it becomes easier for them to give their all on the pitch.”

The sponsors will not only fund the team’s activities for the next one year but have also undertaken to ensure fans stream back to the stadium to support Batoto ba Mungu.

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SOFAPAKA FC LINEUP AGAINST BANDARI FC

We host Bandari fc at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Saturday 06th October 2019, for our round five KPL 2019/2020 league and this is our lineup as presented by our Head Coach Divaldo Alves and the technical bench.

Starting eleven include:

Isima Watenga .1
Willis Obayi .3
Faina Jacobs .6
Timonah Wanyonyi .7
George Maelo .8 (C)
Cersidy Okeyo .10
Peter Lwasa .11
Elli Asieche .16
Titus Achesa .20
Sammy Imbuye .25
Kepha Aswani .50

SUBSTITUTES
Richard Aimo .32
Philip Muchuma .9
Cornelius Lusaka .13
Brian Nyakan .14
Samuel Mutiria .17
Derick Wafula .22
Ronald Okoth .23

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R5 KPL 2020 SOFAPAKA VS BANDARI

SOFAPAKA LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK AS BANDARI COMES CALLING

Sofapaka and Bandari will face off for the 19th time in a Kenyan Premier League match on Sunday in Machakos. The two sides have had contrasting starts to the season with Bandari currently placed second in the standings with eight points while Sofapaka are 12th with four.

Over the 18 times they have faced off  Sofapaka Carrie’s a s,right head to head advantage having beaten the dockers seven times, losing six while the rest ended in draws. 

Last season  Bandari came to Machakos and won 2-1 while the corresponding fixture in Mombasa ended 0-0. Overall  out of the nine home games Sofapaka has played against Bandari, Batoto ba Mungu have won four while the coastal side has picked maximum points three times.

There have been 41 goals scored between these two sides I  the 18 meetings with Sofapaka scoring 22 while Bandari have scored 19. 

Bandari will have two immediate former Sofapaka players turning out for them on Sunday; keeper Justin Ndikumana and winger Cliff Kasuti.

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COACH ALVES WANTS MORE SHARPNESS IN FRONT OF GOAL

Ahead of Sunday evening’s tie against Bandari in Machakos, Sofapaka FC tactician Divaldo Alves hassled for the team to be more menacing in front of goal especially with last weekend’s loss to Tusker FC still, fresh in his memory.

The tactician decried the lack of goals despite the team getting many chances especially in the first half.

“We had so many chances to score and if we had converted them in the first half we would have been better and the result definitely would have been different. This is one of the things we need to do right. We have to ensure that we get chances and score. That is what we should do more against Bandari“ the coach said.

“We definitely don’t want to see the gap growing and it will be important for us to get three points. It will be a tough game but we have to bounce back“ Coach Alves said.

He is optimistic though that the players will, rise to the occasion and get a second win of the season. Sofapaka has won once, against Chemelil, and drawn once, against Ulinzi Stars.

In terms of injuries, Mohammed Kasirye who was substituted in the first half against Tusker is still not ready for a return. Brian Magonya and Mohammed Kilume are also still out while Cersidy Okeyo  has returned from illness.

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MAELO: WE HAVE TO BOUNCE BACK AGAINST BANDARI

After last weekend’s 3-1 loss against Tusker FC, Sofapaka captain George Maelo has reiterated that it will be imperative for the team to sound a response and pick three points against Bandari on Sunday.

The skipper has admitted the team was below par against Tusker and were punished for mistakes they should have avoided.

“We had a good first half but in the second half things were not okay. As the defense, we were not quick enough in reacting to second balls and we conceded three goals in the same way. We also created so many chances but could not finish,” Maelo said.

He added; “These are some of the things we have worked on in training and I believe everyone is focused on getting a win on Sunday. It will be a tough game because Bandari is also a very good side, but we want to get three points.”

The skipper has called on his teammates to dig in for a shift and avoid making the same mistakes they did at the start of last season, which led to a wide gap in the standings after seven games.

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SOFAPAKA FC LINEUP AGAINST TUSKER FC

Our round four lineup for KPL 2020 as we play Tusker fc at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Saturday 28th 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
Timonah Wanyonyi .7
George Maelo .8 (C)
Peter Lwasa .11
Brian Nyakan .14
Elli Asieche .16
Titus Achesa .20
Muhammed Kasirye .27 
Kepha Aswani .50

SUBSTITUTES
Richard Aimo .32
Musa Malunda .5
Philip Muchuma .9
Ronald Okoth .23
Sammy Imbuye  .25
Ibrahim Kitawi .28
Allan Katwe .33

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COACH ALVES EXPECTING TOUGH TUSKER CHALLENGE

Sofapaka FC head coach Divaldo Alves has admitted it will be a tough duel when his side takes on 11-time champions Tusker FC in Machakos on Saturday. The tactician has warned his boys they need to be at their best to contain the brewers and pick their second win of the season.

“I know they are a tough team, very strong and they like to play in transition with long passes straight to the striker. Sometimes they make very long diagonal passes and we need to deal with them. We are ready for the game and I am hoping for positives,” coach Alves stated.

The two sides met during a pre-season friendly match in Ruaraka with Tusker winning 2-0, but the tactician expects a different ball game when they meet in a league fixture.

Both sides are coming off wins with Tusker having beaten Zoo Kericho 2-1 while Sofapaka picked up a healthy 4-0 win over Chemelil Sugar in Narok. Coach Alves hopes that the momentum will continue against Tusker.

“The motivation of the players is very good and they are willing to remain on the winning track. I believe in the next matches we will see beautiful things from them. We are understanding each other and I am proud to have such a good team with good fighting spirit like a family,”

“Of course I am not happy because I want to win all the games but up to now the results are fair enough. We need to find more wins t keep going,” he said.

Since 2009, Tusker and Sofapaka have met 22 times in the league with Sofapaka having the upper hand with nine wins and four losses, the rest ending up in draws. Last season, Tusker won the first leg 3-2 while the second leg ended in a 2-2 draw.

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NYAKAN TARGETS DOUBLE DIGIT GOALS THIS SEASON

Sofapaka FC forward Brian Nyakan says he wants to score double digit goals this season after finally getting off the mark with a brace in last weekend’s 4-0 win over Chemelil Sugar in Narok. Nyakan who is in his second stint at Sofapaka believes he is up to the task.

“It was such a joy and relief to score because I had worked so much for it. That is just the start and I would want to keep on scoring. I want to score double digits and I believe I can basing on how I am working in training,” stated Nyakan.

He looks forward to adding his tally against Tusker FCon Saturday though he recons it will be a difficult game.

“They are a very good and experienced team and it won’t be easy for us. But we played them in pre-season and we know what they are about. We want to continue with the winning run to maintain ourselves in the top five and a win against Tusker will be a big boost for us,” he said.

The forward added; “As a team we have gelled now because many of us were new and now, we have a more solid unit. It will be hard to break us down.”

Nyakan previously played for Sofapaka in 2016 where he scored four goals.

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