David Ouma on Posta Rangers, league home stretch and Lawrence Juma

Coach David Ouma faced the club’s media to preview the Posta Rangers fixture. 

The tactician talked about the Rangers’ tie, the final league matches and Lawrence Juma. 

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On the latest team performance:
I am pleased by the way the team has played in the last six matches, which has led to bagging 12 points from a possible 18. At the beginning, we struggled a bit, but afterwards we have managed to win our matches and this has greatly had an impact on our overall performance. I am happy we have made progress in the standings and I believe a top five chance is a realistic opportunity.

On how important the final games are,
We are into the home stretch and we want to make good use of the four matches in order to have a strong finish. I am optimistic that if we can at least get three more wins, then we will be able to achieve our season target.

On Posta Rangers:
Saturday’s fixture offers another chance to keep scaling up the log, but we face a Posta Rangers side who have good squad depth. We are well aware of how dangerous they are, but we will simply give our best upfront and ensure we are solid at the back. 

On Lawrence Juma:
We have a full squad depth and, more importantly, I am glad to have Lawrence Juma back. He’s been instrumental for us and he will be a huge addition to the team in the final fixtures of the season. I believe the two-week suspension will see him back rejuvenated and raring to go.

OUMA, OVERJOYED WITH VICTORY, LAVISHES PRAISE ONTO MANGA

Ouma, overjoyed with the victory, lavishes praise on Manga.

David Ouma on the Bidco win, his third win, and Rody Manga’s performance.
Coach David Ouma faced the club’s media to give his post-match analysis, and below is the full transcript of the manager’s interview.

On Bidco United’s win:
We faced a good side and we knew which areas to exploit to give us the advantage in the game. I am proud that the players played up to instructions and, most importantly, we took advantage of our chances and that was the difference in the match.

On a third consecutive win:
It is a good feeling to be on a winning streak. It gives us more confidence in future games and makes our targets more realistic. We had set a target to have a solid finish, and a top five finish has been the priority. I am glad we are on the right track and I hope we can carry on with the positive results to finish the season strongly.

Roddy Manga’s performance:
Roddy has been working hard and diligently in training. He is a foreigner and I bet this to an extent took a toll on him in settling, but I am happy for him because he finally got his footing right. He is a typical finisher, and this has been evident in the past two games, scoring three and assisting one. He was literally the difference on Saturday, and his goals were superb. I hope he can carry on in the remaining matches.

Rody Manga’s masterclass earns Sofapaka third win in a row. 

A Rody Manga double in the opening quarter of the match earned Sofapaka a 2-1 win over Bidco United.

In an entertaining match staged at Kasarani Annex, host Sofapaka began the match as the better side, attacking from the word go in a bid to get an early lead, and their search did not last long, striking seven minutes into the match through Rody Manga. The Congolese forward dashed into Bidco’s defense area to head in Ambrose Sifuna’s delivery past Edwin Mukolwe.

Eight minutes later, Nixon Omondi laid in a direct pass to Rody Manga. The striker collected the ball in a crowded pact before unleashing a fierce shot past a helpless Edwin Mukolwe in goal for Bidco United.

At the half-hour mark, Rody Manga had a perfect chance to grab his hat trick after some decent work by Sifuna Ambrose, but Lambert Oyuga denied the striker by clearing the ball off the line.

Five minutes before the break, Bidco came close to pulling a goal back in the match through Peter Nzuki. The forward collected Stephen Waruru’s delivery but failed to score past Fredrick Odhiambo with his shot, lacking enough power for an easier pick for the custodian.

Five minutes after the restart of the second half, substitute Alex Imbusia made a long run into the Bidco’s defense before laying a decent cut-back delivery to Rody Manga, but the forward failed to beat Mukolwe.

Five minutes on, the visitors pulled a goal back through Alex Juma. The midfielder connected with Peter Nzuki’s set piece delivery to head in past Odhiambo.

In the final quarter of the encounter, Geoffrey Ojunga almost added the third goal of the game, but the youthful midfielder in a one-on-one situation failed to direct his volley past Mukolwe.

Against the run of play, another goal scoring opportunity went begging. The combination of Alex Imbusia and Joe Waithera’s on the left flank caused the visitors a lot of trouble, with the latter setting Ojunga Geoffrey through on goal only to be denied by the crossbar as Sofapaka held on for the third win in a row.

ROUND THIRTY LINEUP AGAINST BIDCO UNITED FC

We play against Bidco United fc for our round thirty 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)
Geoffrey Ojunga (13)
Roddy Manga (19)
Titus Achesa (20) (C)
Stephen Okola (27)
David Otieno (40)
Sebastine Sunday (66)

Subs
Simon Masaka (99) (GK)
Joe Waithira (16)
Alex Imbusia (17)
Elvis Ronack Otieno (22)
Hamidi Mohamed (28)
Brandon Otieno (29)
Simon Masaka (99)

OUMA ON MATHARE WALKOVER, BIDCO AND TEAM NEWS

Coach David Ouma faced the club’s media to preview Saturday’s fixture. 

The manager discussed the Mathare United walkover, the Bidco tie and the latest team news. 

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Last weekend’s failed league match tie against Mathare United.

It was such an unprecedented situation for a club like Mathare United to find themselves in such a dire circumstance. Football is a game to be played and to fight for points, and having been at Mathare United at some point, I can only wish them the best in getting back stronger.

On the Bidco tie.
We are playing a very unpredictable team who are good on first breaks and rotations. We are aware of their strengths, but we want to keep up with our current momentum, and going all the way for the maximum points out of the tie is our main aim on Saturday. 

On team news.
We have no injury concerns to worry about ahead of Saturday’s fixture; we have a fully fit squad to select from. However, we will still miss captain Lawrence Juma since he will be serving his last match suspension.

SOFAPAKA VS BIDCO UNITED MATCH PREVIEW

Sofapaka vs Bidco United: Preview, stats, and team news.
In round 30, Batoto Ba Mungu faces Anthony Akhahulia’s Bidco United on Saturday May 14th in the FKF Premier League fixture.
The two teams last faced off in January 2022 at Nyayo National Stadium, in a game in which the two teams settled for a 1-1 draw.
Below is a sneak preview of all you need to know ahead of the Match Day 30
Form guide.
Heading into match day 30, David Ouma’s side is eleventh on the table with 39 points, a six-point difference with Bidco, who are 13th in the standings. In the last three fixtures, Ouma’s charges have registered nine points from a possible nine, while Anthony Akhahulia’s side have managed four points.
Numbers
Both teams have played three matches between them. All the matches ended in draws.
Team News.
Ahead of the match Day 30, David Ouma’s Sofapaka will do without captain Lawrence Juma, who will be serving his last match ban while he will be boosted with a full squad to select from.
Key men
Lawrence Juma, Joe Waithera, David Orem, and Peter Nzuki will be key men trusted to get the work done for the two sides.
Reverse fixture.
In the reverse fixture at Nyayo National Stadium, Lawrence Juma’s header wasn’t enough as the two teams settled for a point each.
The match will be staged at Kasarani Annex, Nairobi.

ROUND TWENTY NINE LINEUP AGAINST MATHARE UNITED FC

We play against Mathare United fc for our round twenty nine 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)
Geoffrey Ojunga (13)
Roddy Manga (19)
Titus Achesa (20) (C)
Stephen Okola (27)
David Otieno (40)
Sebastine Sunday (66)

Subs
Simon Masaka (99) (GK)
Joe Waithira (16)
Alex Imbusia (17)
Elvis Ronack Otieno (22)
Hamidi Mohamed (28)
Brandon Otieno (29)
Simon Masaka (99)

Mathare United vs Sofapaka : Preview, stats, and team news.

In round 28, Batoto Ba Mungu faces John Kamaua’s Mathare United on Friday May 5th in the FKF Premier League fixture. 

The two teams last faced off in December 2021, at Thika Municipal Stadium in which the slum boys emerged 2-1 winners.

Below is a sneak preview of all you need to know ahead of the Match Day 29

Form guide.
Heading into match day 29, David Ouma’s side is eleventh on the table with 36 points, a 24 point difference with Nzoia, who are rooted 18th. In the last three fixtures, Ouma’s charges have registered seven points from a possible nine, while John Kamau side have managed only a point.  

Numbers
Both teams have played 27 matches between them. Sofapaka have been the better side, winning thirteen and Mathare United six, while eight other fixtures ended in draws.

Team News.
Ahead of the match day 29,David Ouma’s Sofapaka will do without captain Lawrence Juma who will be serving one match ban.
Key men
Lawrence Juma, Joe Waithera, Daniel Otieno and Danson Kago will be key men trusted to get the work done for the two sides.

Reverse fixture.
In the last outing staged at Thika Municipal Stadium between the two sides, Joe Waithera’s goal was not enough as the slum boys emerged 2-1 winners.

The match will be staged at Moi International Sports Center Kasarani, Nairobi.

Ouma on Mathare United, Lawrence Juma and consistency.

Coach David Ouma faced the club’s media for a preview of match number 30 against Mathare United.

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Back-to-back victories
It is a huge plus for the team and a perfect morale booster for the players. We have been working and I am glad we are finally getting the results. I only want the lads to continue giving their best. 

On the Mathare United duel
Playing a team like Mathare United at the moment is a very tricky match because they are in a position where they are fighting for their lives to stay in the top flight and this will make the match a hard one for us. Nevertheless, we have picked up well in the past two fixtures and we only want to keep up with the momentum. Mathare United’s tie offers another opportunity to move places in the standings. 

Regarding Lawrence Juma
Captain Lawrence Juma has been a consistent and key player for the team over the past two seasons. He is a player that gives you confidence, but sadly, we will have to do without his services on Friday due to suspension after being sent off in the dying minutes against Nzoia Sugar. Despite his absence, we have other players who are equal to the task, and we hope they will get the work done. 

MANGA EXCSTATIC ABOUT THE GOAL. HIS GAZE IS FIXED AHEAD

Roddy Manga has expressed his joy at getting his first goal for the club and hopes it is the beginning of many more.

The Congolese forward discusses his first goal, season goals, and the Mathare match.

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On scoring his first goal for the club, he said, ”
I’ve been pushing and working hard in training, and while it’s taken me a while to get going, I’m overjoyed to have scored my first goal for the club.” The achievement has given me the much-needed confidence to move forward.

On whether the goal has lifted some pressure on him,
As a striker and a foreign player, there is always pressure to perform. I was brought in to help boost the team’s attack, but it has taken me a while to hit the ground running. I am relieved to have finally found the back of the net, but not entirely, as we need more maximum points as a team to move up in the standings.

On his expectations before the season ends,
As a striker, one needs confidence to be able to perform at their best. I hope this is the first of many goals to come because I really want to help the team in pushing for top five honors.

On the Mathare United game:
Despite their current woes, we are facing a very unpredictable team, and this calls for a lot of concentration and clinical goal-scoring. I hope to help the team win for the third time in a row.