Sofapaka FC owner Elly Kalekwa said that they will be going for the title this season last month when he unveiled Portuguese tactician Divaldo Alvez.
The 2009 Kenyan Premier League champions were the only team that gave Gor Mahia a run for their money last season before fading away towards the end and for them to live to Kalekwa words, they will need to beat Ulinzi Stars after losing their opening game against Posta Rangers.
And with Ulinzi too trying to have a good season under Benjamin Nyangweso this promises to be another game many will be casting their eyes on.
But what are some of the stats that have been recorded in this tie previously?
- Sofapaka is yet to lose to Ulinzi Stars in their last four encounters with their last two meetings ending in a draw; the others ending in favour of the former.
- When league form is put into consideration, Sofapaka arrives in the tie on a bad record. The Alvez side has only won two games in their last eight encounters.
- After winning their opening day clash against Ulinzi Stars, Ulinzi last eight-game has seen them only lose two matches, recording three wins and drawing three.
- With 17 goals last season, and two goals already this season, striker Enosh Ochieng is one player whose form should worry the Sofapaka defence.
- Sofapaka has won one more game than their opponents in their last 23 meetings. Ulinzi Stars won 7 direct matches. Sofapaka won 8 matches. 8 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored 2.09 goals per Match.
- The heaviest defeat in this tie in the last 23 encounters (all competition) came on October 28, 2013, when Sofapaka ran 3-0 winners. Sofapaka goals were scored by John Baraza (now the club’s assistant coach), Bob Mugalia and Anthony Kimani.
Images Courtesy of Ulinzi Stars