Sofapaka sets date with Gor in Charity Cup final

Feb 02, 2013

Sofapaka will renew their acquinatnce with Gor Mahia in the final of the inaugural Kenya Power Charity Cup after beating Western Stima 2-1 in a close semifinal contest on saturday.

The match began slowly with both teams employing caution in the opening exchanges but two quick goals just past the half hour mark either side of the field opened up the game.

It was Western Stima who opened the score sheet in the 31st minute when slack defending by Sofapaka allowed Dennis Okangi to stab the ball past Kenyan international goalkeeper Duncan Ochieng.

Sofapaka responded almost immediately (34th minute) through Obadiah Tarumbwa who capitalized on a lapse in concentration by Stima’s rearguard.

And with just one minute to spare in the first half, Sofapaka’s returning old boy Titus Mulama raced to a long ball and dribbled past two Stima defenders and hit a shot which bobbled past the advancing Robert Mandela into an empty net.

Earlier, Okangi had had what looked like a legitimate goal ruled out for offside.

Several missed chances for Sofapaka

The second half saw both teams creating goal scoring chances with Tarumbwa and substitute Kennedy Oduor both missing clear chances for Sofapaka.

Sofapaka should have widened the lead in the 79th minute when James Situma met Enock Agwanda’s long throw only for Mandela to keep the ball out with a reflex save.

On the other end of the pitch Stima resorted to bombarding Ochieng will long range efforts which the veteran custodian, however, proved to be equal to the task.

In the 84th minute Agwanda missed a sitter four yards out with a header that flashed above the crossbar. Regardless, it was just as well as Sofapaka eased into the final for a date with Gor Mahia at 4pm.

The two teams last met in November 2012 during the final of the FKF President’s Cup when Gor beat Sofapaka 3-0 on post-match penalties after a goalless draw in regulation and extra time.

At stake for the winners of the saturday evening encounter is a glittery trophy and a prize money of KSh.850,000. The runners up will pocket Ksh.510,000. Both Mathare and Stima received Ksh.170,000.

Starting lineups: Western Stima: Robert Mandela, Hudson Muhako, Yusuf Siruma, George Wesa, Robert Kwaye, Kevin Oluoch, Wesley Kemboi, Fred Shimonyo, Denis Okangi, Dan Makori, Francis Ocholla.

Sofapaka: Duncan Ochieng, Anthony Kimani, Abdalla Juma, Felly Mulumba, James Situma, Osborne Monday, Danson Kago, Hillary Echesa, John Baraza, Titus Mulama, Obadiah Tarumbwa.

 

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