Goals from skipper Stephen Waruru, substitute John Avire and Michael Oduor saw Sofapaka claw from a goal down to beat second tier outfit Shabana FC and clinch the Jamhuri Day Cup at Camp Toyoyo on Wednesday.
Francis Oduor had given Shabana an early lead, but Sofapaka fought back to win the tie and add a morale boosting trophy to the beginning of the season.
The opening quarter of an hour didn’t have much of scoring chances save for a Justin Mico shot from distance which was saved by the keeper.
Shabana scored immediately on the turn of play with Oduor curling a shot beyond Richard Aimo from the left.
Sofapaka fought to get back on level terms and had chances to score.
On the half hour mark, Oduor came close with a rasping shot from distance which the Shabana keeper managed to punch over for a corner. The Shabana keeper was kept busy and in the 35th minute he had to fully stretch to his left to keep away Dennis Odhiambo’s freekick.
Batoto ba Mungu finally broke the deadlock at the stroke of halftime when Waruru converted from the penalty spot after Piston Mutamba was pushed inside the box.
In the second half Sofapaka came in much better with Medo making changes including pulling out Mico for Tom Adwar while Waruru and Mutamba came off for Avire and Kepha Aswani respectively.
Avire made his presence felt in the 63rdminute with a well powered header off an Oduor cross, scoring his second goal for Sofapaka in less than five days having scored in the 2-1 win over Mount Kenya United last weekend.
On the other end, Sofapaka keeper Aimo was forced to work, twice saving from Moses Arita and a freekick from Andrew Ongwae.
A sweeping counter attacking move saw Sofgapaka score the third, Elli Asieche picking the ball deep in the area before racing away and feeding Opduor who scored on the first touch.