Sofapaka stormed into the last eight of the 2018 SportPesa Shield Cup courtesy of a 4-1 dismissal of Western Stima in a last 16 clash played at the Narok Stadium on Sunday 22 July.
Goals from Elly Asieche, Brian Magonya, Stephen Waruru and an own goal from Junior Mukisa secured the win for John Baraza’s men with Kevin Okoth grabbing the consolation for Western Stima.
In the second game of a planned double header in Narok, Sofapaka got the ball rolling as early as the 12th minute when a free kick from the left from Asieche evaded everyone to bounce once and into the back of the net to give Batoto ba Mungu a lead they would not relinquish for the entire game.
It would take until the 40th minute for the hosts to extend their lead though it came fortuitously as Junior Mukisa bundled a Kepha Aswani cross from the right into his own net to close off a poor first half showing for the Kisumu based side that would continue into the second stanza.
Almost immediately after the restart, Western Stima players would give themselves a lifeline when substitute Kevin Okoth pulled one back with a strike from the edge of the area.
But the goal would do little to rattle Sofapaka who responded immediately with a third goal which was a thing of beauty as Brian Magonya unleashed a cracking shot from well over 25 yards out after he had been teed up by Kevin Kimani.
The final nail in the coffin would be pounded in by Stephen Waruru who tapped in from close range a Aswani cross to keep Sofapaka’s quest for a repeat of their 2013 Shield Cup triumph alive.
Sofapaka will now join Tusker, Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya Police and Riverplate in the quarter-finals.
Two more matches will be played on Wednesday 25 July at the Kasarani Stadium.
Defending champions AFC Leopards will host third tier side Mwatate United with Posta Rangers hosting Gor Mahia in a blockbuster all Premier League clash.
Sofapaka are also playing Tusker next weekend for the premier league games