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Sofapaka jump four places to eighth on the FKF Premier League standings

By Barry Silah
Monday, March 1st, 2021
Sofapaka’s striker Bizimana Amisi battle with Posta Rangers midfielder Osman Soleiman in their BetKing Premier League match yesterday. PD/ DAVID NDOLO
In summary

AFC Leopards stormed into their second successive win and the first in three years over Kakamega Homeboyz in a 2-1 win result at Bukhungu Stadium yesterday.

Goals from Clyde Senaji and Elvis Rupia in the opening half ensured Allan Wanga’s effort was not enough for Homeboyz with title contenders Ingwe solidifying their third position with 25 points.

Ingwe was bossed in the first half for long periods with Eugene Mukangula, Marvin Nabwire dictating play from the midfield with their high pressing and good passing with Rupia constantly tormenting the opposing defenders.

Leopards’ defender Clyde Senaji opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a header with the Homeboyz goalkeeper David Juma left for dead. The well-placed cross came through Caleb Olilo who escaped his markers down the right.

Rupia who had been busy finally found his footing turning in between two players and releasing a hard shot in the 26th minute for the second goal to give Ingwe a comfortable lead.

Tactical changes in personnel and system by coach Nicholas Muyoti was not to be enough with Leopards tightening the back especially with the entry of holding midfielder Said Tsuma.

Meanwhile, visiting Bandari also 2-1 won on the road against Ulinzi Stars courtesy of late second half goals by Abdalla Hassan and Davis Mugambi to ensure Rwandese tactician Andre Casa Mbungo’s side is firmly on the title chase.

The Dockers are fourth with 25 points as well with their third win on the bounce. Second-placed Kenya Commercial Bank were humbled 3-0 by a rampant Kariobangi Sharks at the Kasarani Annex with goals from Eric Kapaito, James Mazembe and Boniface Onyango putting a grip on the Bankers attempt to close the gap at the top.

KCB are on 26 points after their third loss of the campaign. Sofapaka jumped four places to eighth on the log with a 2-1 win over strugglers Posta Rangers.

Goals by the impressive Lawrence Juma and Titus Achesa were enough to give Batoto ba Mungu a chance to try and win a second title with 18 points in the bag for Ken Odhiambo’s side.

On Saturday, defending champions Gor Mahia and leaders Tusker FC suffered shock 1-2 losses against traditional minnows Nzoia United Bidco United respectively.

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