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MASAKA CHUFFED ON CLEANSHEET EYES FOR MORE

Simon Masaka is delighted with his first clean sheet and is hopeful for more despite limited playing time.

On the first clean sheet 

I’m overjoyed to have my first top-flight clean sheet. I have been longing to achieve this at the very top and I am glad it came over the weekend. It is a huge plus for me and it shows I am heading the right way in my career.

On playing time:
This is my second season in the Premier League, and as a young player, I’ve always known it would take time for me to break into the ranks and get more playing time.
I’m glad I’ve been learning a lot from my fellow custodians, who are extremely knowledgeable. I hope this is the beginning of many more minutes on the pitch in upcoming fixtures.

On the Bandari fixture:
We have two crucial matches to fight for, beginning with an away encounter against Bandari. They have been doing well, which will make the match a tough one, but we have prepared well and we are definitely going for a win because this is like a final for us.

On coach David Ouma:
He has been so encouraging, and when he gave me the opportunity to start between the sticks, I felt so motivated. I knew this was an opportunity to make a statement and I am glad that it came to pass. I am so thankful for the trust placed in me by the manager, and given another opportunity, I am fired up to give my best in the remaining matches.

OUMA DELIGHTED WITH WIN OVER VIHIGA BULLETS

Coach David Ouma faced the club’s media to give his post-match analysis after the 1-0 win over Vihiga Bullets. The manager heaped praise on his players for the character shown during the 1-0 win over the Bullets, whilst heaping praise on youngster Simon Masaka.

On the win:
I am delighted with the result, despite it being a narrow one. Football is all about winning, regardless of the margin of goals involved. I am happy we made good use of the only opportunity in the match and proved the difference.

On the players’ characters:
It was a tough match because we knew Bullets were coming to give their all in the match. They were more direct-oriented and very enterprising on goal, but I have to applaud my players because they showed character, which I believe worked for us. 

Regarding the clean sheet:
We have been winning in our recent matches, but we have been conceding too. Saturday’s result is a huge plus for us and gives me the confidence as a coach that we are finally getting it right.

On Masaka Simon:
He is a young lad, and he’s been working hard in training, and his determination earned him the starting role on Saturday. I am pleased because he did not disappoint in goal and this will increase competition among the keepers. 

Regarding the last two fixtures:
We have taken time to develop our game and this we have achieved as we are able to exercise confidence and play with a lot of calm. We are facing two tough matches as the season concludes, and I hope the lads carry on with their current performance. 

RODDY MANGA’S FIRST HALF STRIKE DOWNS VIHIGA BULLETS.

Roddy Manga’s fifth minute strike saw Sofapaka fc return to winning ways in a narrow 1-0 win over relegation bound side Vihiga Bullets.

In a match staged at Kasarani Annex, hosts Sofapaka made their intentions clear by slotting home the opener in under five minutes of the game through Roddy Manga. The on-form forward made no mistake in tapping Lawrence Juma’s through ball at the right end of the post. 

At the quarter-hour mark, Joe Waithera would have doubled Batoto Ba Mungu’s lead but the winger failed to guide Roddy Manga’s delivery for an easier pick for the goal keeper. 

Ten minutes later, Joe Waithera made a quick run into the Bullets’ defense before laying a cut-back pass to Lawrence Juma, but the captain’s attempt went wide. 

At the half-hour mark, the visitors had a perfect chance to level the scores through Robert Arrot. The former Sofapaka forward caused trouble for Sofapaka’s defense, but David Nshimirimana took no chances, positioning himself on the line to clear Arrots’ goal-bound attempt. 

Five minutes before the break, Roddy Manga and Lawrence Juma combined upfront before the latter set a decent delivery to Joe Waithira, but the forward’s attempt went a few inches wide. 

On resumption, Coach David Ouma made a double change, bringing on Ambrose Sifuna and Alex Imbusia for Sébastien Sunday and Roddy Manga. Barely five minutes into the game, Sifuna made an explosive run on the right flank before lifting in a dazzling cross for Joe Waithira, but the striker failed to put the ball past the keeper. 

Seven minutes past the hour mark, the Bullets pressed upfront and almost leveled the scores. Vitalis Akumu, who was lively on the left flank, lofted in a dangerous cross to Philip Muchuma, but David Nshimirimana reacted swiftly to deny the former Sofapaka forward from scoring.

With twenty minutes of normal time to play, Abdallah Juma’s charges, the better side in attack, came close once more through Arrot, but David Nshimirimana yet again dashed back to cover keeper Simon Masaka, who was already off the goal line. 

Against the run of play, Philip Muchuma caused another scare in Sofapaka’s defense, but youthful keeper Simon Masaka rushed off the goal line to make an important save as Batoto Ba Mungu held on for the narrow win.

ROUND THIRTY TWO LINEUP AGAINST VIHIGA BULLETS

We play host to Vihiga Bullets fc for our round thirty two match, FKF premier league season 2021-2022, and this is how we line up to face them during our second leg meet, led by the head coach David Ouma.

Starting Eleven
Simon Masaka (99) (GK)
David Nshimirimana (6)
Roy Okal (10)
Geoffrey Ojunga (13)
Joe Waithira (16)
Roddy Manga (19)
Titus Achesa (20)
Lawrence Juma (24) (C)
Stephen Okola (27)
David Otieno (40)
Sebastine Sunday (66

Subs
Fredrick Odhiambo (30) (GK)
Kevin Omondi (35) (GK)
Nixon Omondi (3)
Ambrose Sifuna (11)
Alex Imbusia (17)
Hamidi Mohamed (28)
Sammy Kiplangat (32)

OUMA CALLS FOR CAUTION AHEAD OF THE BULLETS DUEL

Ouma calls for caution ahead of the Bullets duel.
Coach David Ouma faced the club’s media to preview the Vihiga Bullets match.
The gaffer discussed the Vihiga Bullets, team news, and consistency. Read more for the full transcript.
Regarding the Vihiga Bullets:
We are facing a very tricky team who are fighting for survival and will definitely push bodies upfront for a win. Nonetheless, we are aware of their threats and strengths, which we will be keen on. It is going to be a very tough duel, but we have prepared well and we hope to carry the day tomorrow.
On preparations:
We have been up to task and done well in our recent matches, and I applaud the lads for their hard work. However, we are in that final stretch, which requires a lot of seriousness and concentration. We really need full points and I urge my players to exercise maximum caution in tomorrow’s match to ensure we have a great outing because I believe this will be the difference in the match.
On team news:
I am glad we have a clean bill of health. We have all the players fit and available for selection, and I hope those selected will

SOFAPAKA VS VIHIGA BULLETS PREVIEW, STATS AND TEAM NEWS

In round 31, Batoto Ba Mungu faces Abdallah Juma’s Vihiga Bullets coached side on Saturday May 28th in the FKF Premier League fixture. 

The two teams last faced off in December 2021 at Bukhungu Stadium in a game in which Sofapaka won 2-1.

Below is a sneak preview of all you need to know ahead of the Match Day 32

Form guide.
Heading into match day 32, Batoto Ba Mungu, who are 10th in the standings with an 18 point difference, In the last four fixtures, Ouma’s charges have registered ten points, while Abdallah Juma’s side have managed four points.

Numbers
An examination of the prior encounter shows that Sofapaka won with a 2-1 goal margin in the only league match played between the two sides. 

Team News.
Ahead of the match Day 32, there are no fresh injuries for David Ouma’s side, who have a fully fit squad to select from. 

Key men
Rody Manga and Lawrence Juma will be relied on by Batoto Ba Mungu, who are in good form, while Martin Oduor and Robert Arrot will be crucial for the Bullets.

Reverse fixture.
Batoto Ba Mungu earned maximum points in Kakamega thanks to goals from Lawrence Juma and Hansel Ochieng in either half.

The match will be staged at Kasarani Annex, Nairobi. 

3 p.m. kick-off

FREDRICK ODHIAMBO IS OPTIMISTIC FOR A POSITIVE FINISH

Experienced custodian Fredrick Odhiambo has lauded the team’s recent performance whilst remaining confident of a positive finish when the season finally concludes.

Continue reading to get the full article.

On the teams’ impressive run:
It has been a good outing for us in the last five matches, winning four and drawing one. I am glad we have hit form towards the end of the season, which is not bad for a strong finish. When the team is able to win three to four consecutive matches, then it means the team is in good shape. We have been a unit and fighting for each other, and this has been the secret behind our recent results. Last week’s draw was a little setback, but we are hopeful of bouncing back to winning ways.

In his recent playing time.
I am glad to have had a good run with the team while on the pitch. At the beginning of the season I was not able to get enough playing time, but I’m glad much has come my way, largely in the second leg. As a player, the more matches you play, the more you gain confidence, which makes it easier to effectively perform, and that has been no difference for me.

On his take on the final league matches: We have three important fixtures to go. They are final to us because of the target that we have in place and want to achieve. It will not be a walk in the park since we are facing sides that are fighting for their lives to remain in the top flight and for the league title. Nonetheless, I have so much confidence in the team and I am optimistic we will bag the nine points, starting with the Vihiga Bullets match on Saturday.

OUMA LAMENTS MISSED OPPORTUNITIES AND PRAISES TEAM WORK


Head coach David Ouma faced the club’s media to give his post-match analysis after a 1-1 draw against Posta Rangers.

The manager discussed missed chances and Manga’s equalizer whilst welcoming the draw against the Mailmen. 

Read more for the full transcript.
In the Saturday fixture:

We generally had a good game on Saturday, but I feel we didn’t make good use of our chances. We had four clear-cut opportunities in the opening half, but my players failed to take a little more responsibility to burry the chances. 

Whether or not the draw is a setback
We had planned and hoped to collect maximum points from the fixture, but we had to settle for a point at the tail end of the match. I feel we should have done better with the numerous chances we had. It is a setback to an extent because we wanted to continue with the winning momentum, but all in all, I am glad the lads had a good fight to the end. 

On the draw:
We had planned for full points, but that did not come out the way. I am so happy with the players because they gave a strong fight to the last minute. More importantly, I am glad we got a point to build on in the remaining matches. 

On Manga’s equalizer:
Rody Manga has been phenomenal in the last three matches, scoring four goals, which clearly shows a striker’s instincts. The equalizer was some beauty and I am so glad to have him in that form as we head into the final matches of the season.

MANGA STRIKES AT DEATH TO EARN SOFAPAKA A POINT IN THIKA

Roddy Manga’s overhead shot at the tail end of normal time earned Sofapaka a point against Posta Rangers in a 1-1 draw.

In an entertaining match staged at Thika Municipal Stadium, both teams exhibited a spirited fight in a bid to earn maximum points on either side of the duel.

It was Sofapaka who came first in attack five minutes into the game through Lawrence Juma. The captain collected a lost ball in Posta’s midfield before trying to chip past Samuel Njau, but his attempt went a few inches wide.

Barely five minutes later, Stephen Okola had a chance to give BatotoBaMungu the lead. The defender directed Titus Achesa’s corner kick delivery on target, but Samuel Njau was well placed to punch his effort out for safety.

Five minutes from half an hour of play, Ambrose Sifuna collected Sébastien Sunday’s through ball before directing it to Rody Manga, but the striker hurriedly shot on goal for an easier pick for Njau.

Five minutes before the halftime breather, the hosts almost took the lead through Joshua Naytini. The midfielder collected a loose ball by David Nshimirimana, but Fredrick Odhiambo reacted to collect his volley. 

Upon resumption, head coach David Ouma made a quick change, bringing on Alex Imbusia for Ambrose Sifuna. The change sparkled life in Sofapaka’s attack upfront and three minutes upon his introduction, Imbusia went through Michael Apudo before laying a cut back pass, but Rody Manga failed to arrive on time for an easier clearance by Njau Samuel. 

Despite the numerous attempts, it’s the host who took the lead at the hour mark through Benard Ondiek. The former Gor Mahia midfielder pounced on a loose ball by Stephen Okal before hitting a low drive past Fredrick Odhiambo. 

Three minutes on, Nixon Omondi almost leveled the score, but David Ochieng was rightly placed to clear his attempt for safety. 

Twenty minutes from time, Titus Achesa came close, but the captain failed to direct Joe Waithera’s delivery past Samuel Njau.

Against the run of play, a long delivery by Stephen Okal from a free kick set piece found Rody Manga, who made no mistake from an overhead strike to earn Sofapaka a point on the road.

ROUND THIRTY ONE LINEUP AGAINST POSTA RANGERS

We play host to Posta Rangers fc for our round thirty one match, FKF premier league season 2021-2022, and this is how we line up to face them during our second leg meet, led by the head coach David Ouma.

Starting Eleven
Fredrick Odhiambo (30) (GK)
Nixon Omondi (3)
David Nshimirimana (6)
Roy Okal (10)
Ambrose Sifuna (11)
Roddy Manga (19)
Titus Achesa (20)
Lawrence Juma (24) (C)
Stephen Okola (27)
David Otieno (40)
Sebastine Sunday (66)

Subs
Kevin Omondi (35) (GK)
Geoffrey Ojunga (13)
Joe Waithira (16)
Alex Imbusia (17)
Elvis Ronack Otieno (22)
Hamidi Mohamed (28)
Simon Masaka (99)