Bandari and Sofapaka climb up KPL ladder

By alex wafula
Apr 16, 2017
  • Bandari bounced back from their first loss of the season last weekend to Ulinzi Stars to beat Thika United 3-0 and move to the second spot. (SNA. File Photo)

Two Ugandan coaches Ugandan Paul Nkata (Bandari) and Sam Ssimbwa (Sofapaka) continued with their impressive runs.

The coaches guided their sides to second and third spots on the Kenyan Premier League log with identical 3-0 wins on Sunday.

In Mombasa, Bandari bounced back from their first loss of the season last weekend to Ulinzi Stars to beat Thika United 3-0.

Ssimbwa’s Sofapaka who have not lost since their opening day 1-0 fall at the hands of Sony Sugar picked up a 3-0 win over Zoo Kericho at their backyard.

Sofapaka who narrowly managed to evade relegation last season continued with their impressive run and are now separated by two points from leaders Gor Mahia.

“Despite winning today, there is still so much we need to work on. I am happy with the win and how we performed today. We worked hard and despite the score-line it wasn’t an easy game,” Ssimbwa said after the match.

His opposite number Sammy Okoth cited lack of experience on his side for their poor start to the season.

“We don’t have any player in the team who has played in the league before and that is why we are struggling. But I am optimistic we will improve. From today’s performance despite suffering our biggest loss, we actually played well,” Okoth said.

Batoto ba Mungu had a perfect start, scoring twice within the opening six minutes.

Okare beat offside trap

In the third minute, Ezekiel Okare nodded home the opener after beating the offside trap from a Paul Odhiambo cross.

Odhiambo then turned scorer three minutes later, this time rising to head home a Jaffer Gichuki cross after a spirited run from the left.

Zoo Kericho had their chances as well with Mike Madoya having a great opportunity but he failed to beat Mathews Kigonya one on one.

Nicholas Kipkurui thought he had scored Zoo Kericho's first ever Premier League goal in the 43rd minute, but it was ruled out for a foul on keeper Kigonya.

Odhiambo then struck his second of the afternoon and Sofapaka’s third with a hard low effort from the edge of the box on the hour mark.

In Mombasa, Bandari responded perfectly to their loss in Nakuru by beating Thika 3-0. Ugandan Danny Sserunkuma scored a brace.

Thika were reduced to 10 men late on with Joel Tata being sent off for a second yellow. The visitors could have scored first but skipper, Dennis Odhiambo missed from the spot after Baraka Badi was fouled in the area.

Bandari then responded in the 24th minute with Sserunkuma scoring from the spot. Darius Msagha then doubled Bandari’s lead six minutes to the break before Sserunkuma finished the job with a low effort four minutes after the restart.

In the late kick off, AFC Leopards picked a vital 1-0 win over Muhoroni Youth to move fourth on the log. Ugandan Allan Katterega scored the lone goal in the 34th minute with a header off a Gilbert Fiamenyo flick.

KPL weekend fixtures and results

Saturday: Sony Sugar 1 Gor Mahia 2 (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Tusker FC 1 Ulinzi Stars 1 (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru).

Sunday: Bandari 3 Thika United 0, AFC Leopards 1 Muhoroni Youth 0 (Mbaraki Complex, Mombasa), Kakamega Homeboyz 1 Nzoia Sugar 2 (Mumias Complex), Western Stima 0 Chemelil Sugar 0 (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Zoo Kericho 0 Sofapaka 3 (Kericho Green Stadium).

Monday: Kariobangi Sharks v Nakumatt FC (2 p.m.), Mathare United v Posta Rangers (Thika Sub-County Stadium – 4:15 p.m.).