Near brawl by Omollo and Ssimbwa as Sofapaka and Posta Rangers share spoils

By alex wafula
Aug 27, 2017
  • Sofapaka defender Jonathan Mugubi outpaces Posta Rangers' Geoffrey Kataka in a KPL match which ended in a draw. (Photo Courtesy)

Two opposing coaches who share the same first name, Sam Ssimbwa (Sofapaka) and Sammy Omollo (Posta Rangers) engaged in a heated exchange as the two teams drew 1-1 at Narok County Stadium.

Ssimbwa celebrated Okare’s late equalizer in front of the Posta bench infuriating Omollo. They were separated by the fourth official. The same was to recur at full time. Again the two were separated from a near brawl.

At the end of the 90 minutes, nothing could separate the second and third-placed teams on the Kenyan Premier League table.

Ezekiel Okare scored his second goal in as many matches as Batoto ba Mungu cancelled out Kennedy Otieno’s strike. 

The point ensured Sofapaka remained second, only reducing the gap between them and leaders Gor to five points.

Posta commanded most of the first half and had the best scoring chances. Joseph Mbugi’s shot goalward in the 30th minute was blocked by Willis Ouma after Dennis Mukaisi did well to find space and put the midfielder through.

Mukaisi turned provider again, this time putting Geoffrey Kataka through but Mathias Kigonya stopped the effort.

The impressive Sofapaka keeper was substituted after picking up injury and was replaced by Rueben Juma.

Otieno who tapped home

The rookie shot stopper found himself in the eye of Posta’s opener, his punch from a Titus Achesa cross in the 56th minute finding Otieno who tapped home into an empty net.

Otieno thought he had put in a second in the 69th minute but his goal was ruled out for offside.

As the game progressed, so did Sofapaka’s hunt for an equalizer. Posta defended in numbers, but were undone with Okare slotting home with a minute to fulltime.

Elsewhere, Nzoia Sugar ensured their tour of Nairobi yielded at least three points when they beat Nakumatt 1-0 at Ruaraka.

Nzoia’s two previous matches had ended up in defeat, losing 1-0 to Thika United last weekend and 3-1 to Sofapaka in midweek.

Brian Yakhama scored late to break the hearts of Nakumatt. He raced into the box to connect to a Luke Namanda cross, giving the sugar millers the three points.

New Harambee Starlets coach

Richard Kanyi has been appointed as the new Harambee Starlets coach, replacing David Ouma who has taken up a role as the FKF Deputy Technical Director.

Kanyi’s first assignment will be at the COSAFA Cup in Zimbabwe next month where Kenya is an invited team.

Kenya has been placed in Group B of the COSAFA Cup alongside Mauritius, Mozambique and Swaziland.

They will begin their campaign on September 14 against Mozambique at the Luveve Stadium in Bulawayo.

Kanyi has called up an initial 30-man squad to camp.

Neddy Atieno and Mwanahalima Adam both who missed the African Cup of Nations have returned to the team.

Atieno had been away on military training while Adam was sitting for her KCSE Exam.

Jordan friendly

Meanwhile, the national under-20 women team will be travelling to Jordan on Sunday where they are set to play two friendly matches against the hosts.

The team is preparing for the Under-20 Women’s World Cup Qualification match against Ethiopia.

The bulk of the team is made up of school girls with the most experienced player among them being Corazon Aquino who represented Kenya in the Women’s African Cup of Nations last year.

Harambee Starlets COSAFA Squad

Goalkeepers: Vivian Akinyi (Soccer Queens), Jenipher Adhiambo (Mathare United), Jane Achila (Oserian), Pauline Atieno (Makolanders); Defenders: Wendy-Ann Achieng (Spedag), Irene Ogutu (Oserian), Dorcas Shikobe (Oserian), Doris Anyango (Spedag), Lillian Adera (Vihiga Queens), Gerereder Akinyi (Mombasa Olympic), Juliet Auma (Thika Queens), Esther Nandika (Soccer Queens ), Jackline Musula (Mathare); Midfielders: Carolyne Anyango (Spedag), Cheris Avilia (Spedag), Jacky Ogol (Spedag), Lydia Akoth (Thika Queens), Winfried Achieng (Mombasa Olympic), Winnie Kanyotu (Gaspo), Florence Awino (Gaspo); Strikers: Nedy Atieno (KDF), Mary Kinuthia (Unattached), Mercy Achieng(Thika Queens), Sharon Bushenei (Spedag), Lucy Mukhwana (KDF), Teresa Engesha (Vihiga Leeds), Phoebe Oketch (Vihiga Queens), Janet Moraa (Nyamira Starlets), Judith Musimbi (Soccer Queens), Mwanahalima Adam (Mombasa Olympic).

KPL weekend fixtures and results (All games kick off at 3 p.m.)

Saturday: Muhoroni 0 Chemelil Sugar 1 (Muhoroni), Nakumatt 0 Nzoia Sugar 1 (Ruaraka), Sofapaka 1 Posta Rangers 1 (Narok Stadium).

Sunday: Gor Mahia v AFC Leopards (Nyayo Stadium), Bandari v Mathare United (Mbaraki Complex, Mombasa), Kakamega Homeboyz v Tusker FC (Mumias Complex), Sony Sugar v Kariobangi Sharks (Awendo), Zoo Kericho v Western Stima (Kericho Green Stadium).