Category: POST MATCH REVIEW

Ambrose Sifuna strikes late to earn Sofapaka a point on the road.

Ambrose scored a late second-half goal to earn Batoto Ba Mungu a point on the road.

In a match staged at Bukhungu Stadium, we had the first call on goal five minutes into play through Roy Okal. The midfielder collected Kevin Okoth’s pass but directed it to Baby’s arm.

At the quarter hour, the hosts had their first chance on goal. Ali Bai and Elie Asieche combined upfront before the latter dummied Michael Karamor. The former Sofapaka striker tapped in on goal, but Kevin Omondi reacted by stretching wide to make an important block using his right foot.

Five minutes later, field captain Titus Achesa floated in a teasing ball into Homeboyz’s defense, finding David Nshimirimana, who brushed the ball to Ronack Otieno, but keeper Babu in goal for Homeboyz rushed in to collect the ball.

At the half-hour mark, we attacked yet again. Baron Oketch picked out Geoffrey Ojunga’s pass and dribbled past Robinson Kamura, but Homeboyz keeper Babu made a quick response to make an important block to deny the host from taking the lead.

Five minutes before break, a quick search by Brian Wepo found Maqbul Ocholla. The youngster dummied to Titus Achesa, but the captain blasted his effort wide with the keeper to beat.

Ten minutes after the restart, Brian Wepo delivered an inswinger that found Rody Manga, but the striker’s header slightly missed the target from close range.

Five minutes after the hour mark in the second half, substitute Lucky Musyoki picked up a loosely cleared ball by Ali Bai before going past Odhiambo and setting Ambrose Sifuna on goal. Sifuna beat Kamura from close range but placed too much power on his final attempt, which went wide.

With a quarter of time to play, the host took the lead through Ali Bai. The veteran midfielder went past Samuel Olwande before slotting past the advancing Kevin Omondi.

Against the run of play, substitute Alex Imbusia made a quick run into the Homeboyz defense before laying a cutback pass to Ambrose Sifuna, who made no mistake slotting past Babu for an important goal and point on the road.

Tusker beat Sofapaka in Annex

A first-half strike by Tanzanian Ibrahim Joshua was enough as Tusker saw off Sofapaka 1-0.

In a match staged at Kasarani Annex, the visitors had the first sniff on goal on the quarter-hour through David Majak, who received Boniface Onyango’s cross, but David Nshimirimana timely reacted to intercept the Sudanese attempt on goal.

On the 20th minute, Baron Oketch dribbled past Boniface Onyango and Momanyi Charlse before laying Rody Manga on goal, but the forward arrived late and missed from the near post for an easier pick for Brian Bwire.

Three minutes before the break, the visitors took the lead through Ibrahim Joshua. The Tanzanian forward collected Humphrey Mieno’s pass and shot on the far right side of the post to give Tusker the lead.

Five minutes before the break, Brian Wepo perfectly executed a teasing volley from 25 yards that beat Bwire only to be denied by the crossbar.

At the stroke of halftime, Majak once again came close to doubling Tusker’s lead, but the striker was denied by Ronack Otieno, who quickly threw his body on the line for a timely block.

Five minutes after the restart, Alex Imbusia lifted in a long cross to Manga, with whom we came close to leveling scores, but Charles Momanyi came to Tusker’s rescue.

At the hour mark, substitute Geoffrey Ojunga laid a decent ball to Baron Oketch. The forward’s shot went through Boniface Onyango, but his shot went straight into Bwire’s arm.

Twenty minutes from time, Ben Stanely and Ojunga combined through the Tusker Box area, but the latter’s shot was calmly collected by Brian Bwire.

Against the run of play, Titus Achese singled out Ben Stanley. The youngster flicked on goal, but it went over the bar as Tusker held firmly for victory.

Sofapaka holds Gor Mahia at Kasarani.

Sofapaka held Gor Mahia to an all-draw in an FKF Premier League match played at Kasarani Stadium.

In the opening quarter of the match, we found a great opportunity to take the lead through Ambrose Sifuna. The midfielder collected Brian Wepos’ delivery, but his touch went a few inches wide.

Three minutes later, we almost went ahead in the match. A poorly cleared ball by Gor Mahia’s defense was collected by Sébastine Sunday, who quickly set Roddy Manga through on goal, but the forward blasted his effort over the bar.

In the 25th minute, Kogalo came close to taking the lead through Benson Omalla. The in-form striker collected Geoffrey Odhiambo’s pass, but Ambrose Sifuna swiftly reacted, blocking Omalla’s goal-bound attempt.

At the stroke of half an hour, Benson Omalla once again had the perfect chance to give Gor the lead after collecting Austin Odhiambo’s delivery, but the striker got denied by David Nshimirimana, who threw his body on the line for an important block.

Five minutes before the breather, Baron Oketch made a dazzling move, going through past Geoffrey Ochieng, but Philemon Otieno made a quick run to block the striker’s shot for a corner kick.

Five minutes after resumption, Baron Oketch had a great run into Kogalo’s penalty area, but goalkeeper Gad Mathews was well placed to punch away Oketch’s effect for the big save of the match.

On the hour mark, Gor Mahia attacked through Macharia, and the winger went past Samuel Olwande before finding Benson Omalla, but Kevin Omondi quickly positioned himself for an easier pick.

With a quarter of the game to go, Gor Mahia came close to breaking the deadlock through Omalla. Boniface Omondi collected Austine Odhiambo’s pass, setting Omalla through on goal, but Brian Wepo threw his body on line for a massive block to deny the forward from close range.

Against the run of play, substitute Ben Stanley came close to breaking the deadlock; his pin-point volley troubled Gad Mathews but failed to go through as the two teams settled for a point each.

City Stars beat Sofapaka at Kasarani.

Nairobi City Stars came from a goal down to pick up maximum points in a 2-1 win over Sofapaka.

In a match staged at Kasarani Stadium, Batoto Ba Mungu grabbed an early goal in the opening twenty minutes of the tie. The Congolese striker made no mistakes from the spot, putting the ball past Jacob Osano.

Five minutes later, the visitors made a quick response from the spot after David Nshimirimana had handled the ball in the penalty area. Ezekiel Odera stepped up and made amends to restore parity for the visitors.

At the half-hour mark, Maloba came close to giving the visitors the lead, picking out a well-calculated through ball by Kevin Kimani, but the midfielder hurriedly took his shot, which went wide.

At the stroke of halftime, Ambrose Sifuna had a perfect chance to give us the lead at the breather, but the midfielder’s chip failed to beat Osano Jacob, who was rightly placed as the two teams went in for the break tied.

On resumption, City Stars were the more lively side and came close to scoring the second through Clinton Ouma, but keeper Omondi correctly judged his attempt.

At the hour mark, substitute Ben Stanely, in his first contribution, laid in a pin-point cross to David Nshimiriman, but Osano had to stretch wide to make an important save.

Twenty minutes from time, Ben Stanley had a fierce shot to trouble Osano Jacob, but Calvin Maswa dashed to make a long clearance for safety.

Five minutes later, the visitors finally found the back of the net through Andrew Kisili to take the lead in the game.

Against the run of play, Sofapaka threw bodies forward in quest for an equalizer, but the visitors remained resolute to collect their first win of the season.

Musyoki elated at his first team experience

Sofapaka youngster Lucky Musyoki has revealed he is delighted with his first-team experience and looks forward to repaying the trust bestowed on him by giving his best on the pitch.

“I am so happy for the matches I have been able to play in. “I missed the first match of the season and came in as a substitute against Posta Rangers and Nzoia Sugar, but since then I have been able to start every other match, which has greatly improved my confidence levels.” Said Musyoki

I feel so confident in taking part in any match when called upon, and I am currently focusing on providing more assists and scoring goals as well. It will be my greatest fulfillment to achieve all this along the way and help the team realize its targets. He added

“The league is very competitive, and I am getting to learn and adjust along the way.” I hope to quickly and completely settle in and be able to be more valuable to the team. We won our first match of the season, and it was such a great feeling to finally taste victory at the top level. “I’m hopeful we can carry the momentum into upcoming fixtures.” Concluded Musyoki

The former Migori Youth winger will be hopeful to make his fifth start of the season on Sunday.

Ochola over the moon about making his debut.

Sofapaka youngster Maqbul Ochola has expressed his delight at making his Premier League debut.

Ochola, who was introduced in the second half and managed to clock 25 minutes, has set his eyes on featuring in more matches.

I feel so happy to have played my first Premier League match. It is a dream come true because I have always longed to one day play at the top level. Said Ocholla

I am so grateful to coach David Ouma for giving me the platform yesterday, and I want to repay his trust in me by giving my best whenever tasked to do so. He added

I believe this is the start of many more to come because I want to work extra hard to ensure I cement my position in the team and feature in more matches in the upcoming fixtures. Concluded Ochola

Maqbul will be hopeful to play his second match on Sunday.

Sifuna’s strike earns Sofapaka its first win of the season

Sofapaka registered its first win of the season in a 1-0 win over Talanta.

Ambrose Sifuna’s first-half goal was enough as Batoto Ba Mungu saw off FC Talanta at Kasarani Annex.

In the opening stages of the first half, Sofapaka had the first call on goal through Roddy Manga. Titus Achesa and Lucky Musyoki combined well on goal before the latter set Roddy Manga, but the striker narrowly missed from close range.

At the quarter-hour mark, Ambrose Sifuna almost broke the deadlock, but Talanta needed was well in time to keep his well-executed volley out of danger.

Ten minutes later, after constant attempts on the Talanta goal, Ambrose Sifuna scored the opener. The midfielder collected Brian Wepo’s ball before shooting a long-range volley that troubled the Talanta keeper to give Sofapaka the lead.

At the half-hour mark, Lucky Musyoki came close to doubling our lead. A perfectly taken free kick almost beat the Talanta keeper, but the custodian reacted in time to deny Musyoki.

At the stroke of halftime, Sébastien Sunday and Brian Wepo had a good link up on the right flank, with the latter finding Samuel Olwande, but the defender’s header went inches wide.

On resumption, the visitors came back lively and almost leveled the scores through Dennis Oalo. The striker dribbled past Wepo, but Kevin Omondi acted in time to clear out the danger.

At the hour mark, Nixon Omondi and Roddy Manga had a good combination. Omondi laid a perfect through pass to Roy Okal, but the midfielder’s header went wide.

Twenty minutes from time, Ambrose Sifuna had a good chance to double his tally of the day, but hurriedly took his shot, seeing his effort go out.

Against the run of play, Talanta pushed numbers upfront in a bid to snatch an equalizer, but a well-established defense ensured we collected our first maximum points.

Manga, oozing confidence, targets the golden boot accolade

The Congolese forward Roddy Manga, who has found the back of the net twice in the last three outings, believes he’s found his confidence and scoring touch and hopes to surpass last season’s tally.

I started the first three matches on a low note, but that did not deter me from working hard on my confidence at goal, and I am glad I have been able to find the back of the net twice in the last three league matches. As a striker, it’s a confidence booster for me heading into the remaining matches of the season, and I hope this works out perfectly for me.

Last season, I managed six goals in five matches, and currently, with two goals in the first six matches, I am confident of surpassing my tally from last season. I am focused on giving my best on the pitch, and I look forward to scoring at least fifteen goals at the end of the season.

The league is still in its initial stages, so we are fully focused on doing better than last season. Personally, apart from having a 15-goal tally target, I have set my eyes on winning the golden boot award at the end of the season. Concluded Manga.

Sofapaka will next take on Talanta when the league resumes.

Roddy Manga earns Batoto Ba Mungu one point at Annex.

Congolese forward Roddy Manga’s second-half goal cancelled out Elvis Rupia’s early goal in the final half to earn Sofapaka a point against Kenya Police FC.

In a match staged at Kasarani Annex, Police were the better side in the opening half, pulling strings and attacking after attack, and Patillah Omotto almost broke the deadlock in the opening quarter of the match. The midfielder collected Regean Omondi’s pass, but he failed to direct the ball at an empty net with keeper Mathias Kigonya well beaten.

At the half-hour mark, Titus Achesa put Roddy Manga through on goal. The striker calmly controlled the ball onto his feet before shooting a long-range volley, only for his efforts to go a few inches wide.

Moments later, Ambrose Sifuna floated in an inswinger that found Davis Kasiyre; the forward dashed past Harun Shakava, but his diving header caused no trouble for an easier pick for Job Ochieng in goal for the Police.

At the stroke of halftime, Marvin Nabwire and Duke Abuya had a perfect combination in Sofapaka’s defense. The ball was skilfully chipped past Nshimirimana, but Okola made a quick rush into the box to make an important goal-line clearance as the two sides headed for the break goalless.

On resumption, Police were the brighter side yet again, and their efforts bore fruit five minutes after the restart. Substitute Elvis Rupia broke the deadlock, sneaking past Stephen Okola and David Nshimirimana to head in past Kigonya for the opening goal of the match.

On the hour mark, coach David Ouma made a double change, bringing Kevin Okoth and Geoffrey Ojunga into the fray to help salvage the situation, which instantly changed Batoto Ba Mungu’s attack, which saw Batoto Ba Mungu pin the law enforcers largely on their own half.

Twenty minutes from time, another substitute, Nixon Omondi, had a good build-up, combining well with Titus Achesa on the left flank. His low, hard pass found Manga, but the striker failed to direct the ball past Job Ochieng after his touch had too much power, only to see his efforts go wide.

But after constant pressure on goal, Roddy Manga finally scored to level the scores ten minutes from time. The forward made a swift run past Harun Shakava before rising high and calmly heading past Job Ochieng.

Against the run of play, Kevin Okoth found Geoffrey Ojunga with a pin-point pass, but the midfielder’s hard shot slightly missed the target as the two teams settled for a point each.

Ulinzi and Sofapaka share spoils in Langata

Enos Ochieng scored a last-minute goal to deny Sofapaka a maximum in round five of the FKF Premier League fixture.

In a match staged at Ulinzi Sports Complex, both teams had end-to-end action in a quest to get the three points. In the first quarter of the game, Sofapaka had the first sniff at goal through Davis Kasiyre; the forward collected Ambrose Sifuna’s delivery, but his touch went inches wide.

At the half-hour mark, Lucky Musyoki and Brain Wepo had a good combination on the right flank before the latter singled out Rody Manga, but the striker’s header missed the target by a whisker.

Five minutes later, Ulinzi came close to breaking the deadlock through Clinton Omondi. A quick counterattack initiated by Boniface Muchiri saw the midfielder set Omondi through, but Titus Achesa made a timely effort to clear the danger.

Five minutes before the breather, Ambrose Sifuna delivered a long ball to Rody Manga. The striker hit a great volley, but his effort went straight into the keeper’s arm.

At the stroke of halftime, Sofapaka were awarded a penalty after an Ulinzi defender was judged to have handled the ball in the penalty area. Davis Kasiyre made no mistakes from the spot to give us the lead at halftime.

On resumption, the hosts were the better side in the opening stages of the second half, throwing in attack after attack in search for the equalizer, but Sofapaka’s defense remained firm.

At the hour mark, Ambrose Sifuna made an explosive run into the soliders’ defense and took a hard shot, but his effort missed the target by a whisker.

Twenty minutes from time, Ulinzi almost leveled the scores through Benard Ongoma, but David Nshimirimana put his body on the line to deny the midfielder from a close range attempt.

Against the run of play, after a consistent push for the equalizer, Ulinzi finally got the equalizer after Rody Manga’s attempt to clear unlucky turned into his own net as the two teams settled for a point each.