Sofapaka 1-1 Bandari: Dockers hold Batoto ba Mungu

Batoto Ba Mungu will lock horns with fellow Premier League side Kariobangi Sharks at Kinoru Stadium in Meru County

Sofapaka battled to register a 1-1 draw against Bandari in round 8 of Kenyan Premier League match played on Monday at Camp Toyoyo ground.

After a cagey show, Bandari won a penalty in the 87th minute and Lugogo Wilberforce arose to drill it to the back of Sofapaka’s net.

Magical Charles Okwemba then took only two minutes to equalize for Batoto ba Mungu, in a match which was almost benefiting Bandari.

Ahead of the match, Sofapaka had just beaten AFC Leopards, with Okwemba being the hero and Coach Sam Ssimbwa was keen on continuing with the same tempo. Paul Nkata’s boys had just been beaten by Gor Mahia and a win was what they were looking for against Sofapaka in order to boost their morale going forward.

The match took off on a balanced note with both teams launching attacks and counter-attacks in the first 25 minutes where Moses Odhiambo and Dan Sserunkuma were outstanding.

The former AFC Leopards midfielder Charles Okwemba was also a thorn in Sofapaka’s flesh. He almost put the Batoto ba Mungu in the lead at the stroke of 11th minute but his shot went direct to Bandari keeper Wilson Obungu from a free-kick.

In the 33rd minute Salim Gichuki called Obungu to action twice just after Moses Odhiambo had been replaced by Samuel Mutiria after the former picked an injury.

Pressure increased between the teams forcing the match to be halted in the 42nd minute as Bandari coach’s son Fred Nkata received medication.

Bandari commenced the second-half with more energy keeping the tempo for better of the stanza part to control the ball against Sofapaka. The spirit saw the Dockers win a penalty with three minutes to go and Lugogo successfully converted it to take his side to a temporary lead which lasted for only two minutes. It had to be Charles Okwemba with the equalizer which saw both teams walk out of Camp Toyoyo with one point each. This was the second Kenyan Premier League match to be played at the small-sized pitch.

Sofapaka: Mathias Kigonya, Kennedy Oduor, Jonathan Mugambi, Maurice Odipo, Salim Gichuki, Mohammed Kilume, Dennis Wafula, Charles Okwemba, Moses Odhiambo, Paul Odhiambo, Ezekiel Okare.

Subs: George Opiyo, Johnson Bagoole, Charles Melubo, Edmond Kwanya, Michael Oduor, Samuel Muritia, James Kasibante.

Bandari: Wilson Obungu, Dancun Otewa, Fred Nkata, Andrew Waiswa, Shariff Mohammed, Felly Mulumba, Mohammed Siraj, Tyrone Owino, Anthony Wambani, Wilberforce Lugogo, Dan Sserunkuma.

Subs: Lucas Indeche, Noah Abich, Oginga John, Jacob Keli, Enock Agwanda, Shaban Kenga, Michael Sunday.

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