13 Sep, 18:31
Sofapaka bottled a chance to close the gap between them and league leaders Gor Mahia FC after falling 2-1 to Ulinzi Stars in a league match staged on Wednesday 13 September at the Green Stadium Kericho.
Sam Ssimbwa charges travelled to Kericho with the hope of picking maximum points, and that would have cut the gap between them and league leaders who will play on Thursday to three points.
Sofapaka were dominant in the opening minutes of the title but struggled to created chances in the match. Ulinzi Stars on the other had two good chances but Waruru failed to beat George Opiyo for an opening goals.
Second attempt came from a free kick but George Opiyo punched the ball out for a corner kick. Sofapaka made an early substitution pulling off Wesley Onguso and replaced him with Humphrey Okoti.
After a goalless first half, goals started flowing in the final half. At the 52nd minute Ulinzi managed to break Ulinzi Stars defence. Oliver Ruto cross was headed in for a goal by Cliff Kasuti.
Eight minutes later the Soldier doubled the lead and this time it was Kasuti who crafted the goal while Samuel Onyango put the ball in the net for a 2-0 lead.
Kasumba scores again
On form Umaru Kasumba pulled one back for Batoto Ba Mungu after a delivery from Willis Ouma at the 67th minute.
Ulinzi Stars have now picked seven wins from Sofapaka FC. The win takes Ulinzi Stars to position five on the league standings with 36 points while Sofapaka FC remain second.
Starting XI James Saruni, Birgen Brian, Rutto Oliver, Kokoyo Geoffrey, Mohammed Hassan,Onyango Boniface, Kasuti Cliff, Kago John, Waruru Stephen, Waweru Daniel Onyango Samuel.
Subs Odhiambo Jacktone, Sande Benson, Enosh Ochieng, Shitote Cylus Wamalwa Oscar, Muloma Churchil
Starting XI Opiyo George, Ouma Willis, Wesley Onguso, Aloro Rodgers Mugabi Jonathan Mohamed Kilume, Odour Michael, Echesa Hillary, Kasumba Umaru, Odour Kennedy, Ali Feni
Subs: Juma Rueben, Okoti Humphrey, Mutina Samuel, Odipo Maurice, Mang’oli Bernard, Okare Ezekiel, Luda Timothy