• Stakes high in Sofapaka vs Ulinzi cup contest
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Feb 16, 2011-

The Kenyan Premier League champions Ulinzi are hoping for a positive start when they play Sofapaka this season in the traditional DSTV /Super-Sport Charity match at Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday.

For Coach Benjamin Nyangweso it will be the most important match of the season as it will be an indicator on how the year will go for the two teams.

“Being the season opener, it is important that we win because it will set the tone for the rest of our season,”

“For us this is a very important match in our desire to retain the title we won last year and are going to be at our best,” he said.

Nyangweso does not expect to have it easy against the 2009 KPL champions who are on cloud nine after edging out Angolan club Aviacao in last weekend’s Confederations Cup match at Nyayo National Stadium.

“Sofapaka are not an easy team to play and we expect a difficult match on Sunday especially on the back of their weekend win in their continental fixture,” admitted the Ulinzi tactician.

Bad news for the soldiers is the fact that team captain Stephen Ocholla is yet to recover from a nagging injury and has been ruled out of the season opener.

“Ocholla had started training and we were all hopeful of his comeback. But that was nipped in the bud when we got new information that he is not fully ready to start playing,” he said.

The Ulinzi skipper, a key player for his team was injured while on national duty during the Senior Challenge Cup in Tanzania in December.

He missed Ulinzi’s 4-0 loss against Zamalek in their first round match of the CAF Champions league two weeks ago and is likely to stay out in the return leg next weekend. 

The soldiers are however looking to try out their new signings Allan Otindo, Tom Onyango, Collins Kisuya and Mike Baraza in their bid to win back-to-back titles. 

It will be the second time in a row that Sofapaka will be participating in the Charity shield tournament after winning their first one against AFC Leopards last year.

Top marksman John Baraza who is yet to find the back of the net this season has his chance on Sunday after failing to keep his promise against the Angolan club.

It is the perfect opportunity for Baraza to show his capabilities as he looks to finish as the top scorer for the third consecutive year.

Sofapaka on the other hand have signed up John Njoroge who was formerly at Simba Sports Club in Tanzania, Haritier Nomvele , Francis Ouma who was the league’s top scorer in 2008, James Orundu and Elly Asieche.

The traditional season opener which will see the winner pocket Ksh.750, 000 and the losing team taking home Ksh.500, 000 was officially launched on Wednesday in Nairobi.

“The Cup will be the start of another great KPL season and it will also gives us an idea of how the two sides are prepared for the season,” said SuperSport Head of Africa Gary Rathbone.

Tickets for the match will be sold from Thursday through to Sunday afternoon at various selling points in Nairobi.

At the same time, the number of matches broadcast by SuperSport is also set to increase this season with the introduction of the KPL Top 8 tournament.

“Under the new arrangement, we will have live matches every weekend with special broadcasts from venues outside Nairobi, like Mombasa Municipal Stadium, Nakuru, Naivasha and Thika,” explained Rathbone.

The KPL Top 8 event that kicks off in March will be contested by the top eight finishers from the 2010 season.

All the top 8 matches will be played on Wednesday evenings with the winner pocketing Sh1m.

 

Sportsnewsarena Correspondent

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  Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Ulinzi Stars 30 16 11 3 37 16 21 59
2 Gor Mahia 30 15 11 4 33 15 18 56
3 Tusker 30 14 11 5 35 19 16 53
4 Sofapaka 30 11 14 5 39 23 16 47
5 SonySugar 30 11 8 11 26 26 0 41
6 Mathare United 30 7 18 5 31 28 3 39
7 Karuturi Sports 30 9 11 10 22 24 -2 38
8 Western Stima 30 9 11 10 28 31 -3 38
9 Chemelil Sugar 30 7 13 10 22 26 -4 34
10 Thika United 30 8 10 12 23 30 -7 34
11 Nairobi City Stars 30 7 13 10 25 34 -9 34
12 AFC Leopards 30 8 10 12 29 41 -12 34
13 Posta Rangers 30 7 12 11 28 37 -9 33
14 KCB 30 9 6 15 29 40 -11 33
15 Red Berets 30 7 10 13 27 32 -5 31
16 Mahakama 30 5 11 14 21 33 -12 26
 
February
20 Ulinzi Stars v Sofapaka Nyayo 15:00
26 Ulinzi Stars v Thika United Afraha 15:00
26 Bandari v Chemelil Sugar Mombasa 15:00
26 Katuri Sports v City Stars Karuturi 15:00
26 Rangers v Gor Mahia Nyayo 15:00
26 Western Stima v KCB Bukhungu 15:00
27 Sony Sugar v Congo United Awendo 15:00
27 Sofapaka v Mathare United Nyayo 15:00
27 Tusker v AFC Leopards Nyayo 17:00
March
5 AFC Leopards v Rangers Nyayo 15:00
5 Congo United v Tusker Mombasa 15:00
5 City Stars v Western Stima Hope Centre 15:00
5 Thika United v Katuri Sports Hope Centre 15:00
5 Mathare United v Sony Sugar Nyayo 15:00
6 KCB v Bandari City 14:00
6 Chemelil Sugar v Sofapaka Chemelil 15:00
6 Gor Mahia v Ulinzi Stars City 16:00
12 Rangers v Congo United City 14:00
12 Sony Sugar v Chemelil Sugar Awendo 15:00
12 Ulinzi Stars v AFC Leopards Afraha 15:00
12 KCB v City Stars City 16:00
13 Katuri Sports v Gor Mahia Karuturi 15:00
13 Bandari v Sofapaka Mombasa 15:00
13 Western Stima v Thika United Bukhungu 15:00
13 Tusker v Mathare United Nyayo 15:00
19 AFC Leopards v Katuri Sports Nyayo 15:00
19 Sofapaka v Sony Sugar City 15:00
19 Chemelil Sugar v Tusker Chemelil 15:00
19 Congo United v Ulinzi Stars Mombasa 15:00
20 Thika United v KCB Thika 15:00
20 Mathare United v Rangers Nyayo 15:00
20 Bandari v City Stars Mombasa 15:00
20 Gor Mahia v Western Stima City 15:00
April
2 Rangers v Chemelil Sugar City 14:00
2 Ulinzi Stars v Mathare United Afraha 15:00
2 Tusker v Sofapaka City 16:00
3 Katuri Sports v Congo United Karuturi 03:00
3 City Stars v Thika United City 14:00
3 Bandari v Sony Sugar Mombasa 15:00
3 Western Stima v AFC Leopards Bukhungu 15:00
3 KCB v Gor Mahia City 16:00
9 Sofapaka v Rangers City 14:00
9 Chemelil Sugar v Ulinzi Stars Chemelil 15:00
9 Gor Mahia v City Stars City 16:00
10 Mathare United v Katuri Sports Nyayo 14:00
10 Congo United v Western Stima Mombasa 15:00
10 Thika United v Bandari Thika 15:00
10 Sony Sugar v Tusker Awendo 15:00
10 AFC Leopards v KCB Nyayo 16:00
23 Bandari v Tusker Mombasa 15:00
23 Rangers v Sony Sugar City 15:00
23 Katuri Sports v Chemelil Sugar Karuturi 15:00
23 Ulinzi Stars v Sofapaka Afraha 15:00
24 Western Stima v Mathare United Bukhungu 15:00
24 Thika United v Gor Mahia Thika 15:00
24 City Stars v AFC Leopards Hope Centre 15:00
24 KCB v Congo United City 15:00
May
7 Tusker v Rangers Nyayo 14:00
7 Sofapaka v Katuri Sports Nyayo 15:00
7 Gor Mahia v Bandari City 16:00
8 Mathare United v KCB City  
8 Sony Sugar v Ulinzi Stars Awendo 15:00
8 Chemelil Sugar v Western Stima Chemelil 15:00
8 Congo United v City Stars Mombasa 15:00
8 AFC Leopards v Thika United   15:00
11 Gor Mahia v Sofapaka Nyayo 19:00
14 AFC Leopards v Chemelil Sugar Nyayo 14:00
14 City Stars v Tusker Hope Centre 15:00
14 Congo United v Mathare United Mombasa 15:00
15 KCB v Rangers City 15:00
15 Thika United v Sony Sugar Thika 15:00
15 Western Stima v Ulinzi Stars Bukhungu 15:00
21 KCB v Katuri Sports City 14:00
21 AFC Leopards v Sony Sugar Nyayo 15:00
21 Congo United v Sofapaka Mombasa 15:00
21 Tusker v Gor Mahia City 16:00
 
November
14 Tusker 1 - 0 KCB Ruaraka
14 Mathare United 1 - 2 Red Berets Hope Centre
14 Western Stima 1 - 1 AFC Leopards Bukhungu
14 Ulinzi Stars 2 - 0 Karuturi Sports Afraha
14 Thika United 0 - 0 Sofapaka Thika
14 SonySugar 0 - 0 Posta Rangers Awendo
14 Chemelil Sugar 0 - 0 Mahakama Chemelil
14 Nairobi City Stars 0 - 0 Gor Mahia City
7 Chemelil Sugar 3 - 1 Nairobi City Stars Chemelil
7 AFC Leopards 2 - 4 Tusker Mumias
7 Karuturi Sports 0 - 1 Western Stima Karuturi
7 KCB 0 - 0 Thika United Karuturi
6 Mahakama 0 - 0 Sofapaka Karuturi
6 Gor Mahia 2 - 0 SonySugar City
6 Red Berets 1 - 1 Ulinzi Stars Afraha
6 Posta Rangers 0 - 1 Mathare United Afraha
October
31 Mahakama 2 - 0 Mathare United Karuturi
31 AFC Leopards 0 - 1 Karuturi Sports Mumias
31 KCB 1 - 0 Red Berets Hope Centre
31 Thika United 0 - 1 Gor Mahia Thika
31 Sofapaka 1 - 1 Posta Rangers Karuturi
30 Tusker 0 - 0 Chemelil Sugar Ruaraka
30 Western Stima 0 - 0 Nairobi City Stars Bukhungu
30 Ulinzi Stars 2 - 1 SonySugar Afraha
24 Ulinzi Stars 0 - 1 Western Stima Karuturi
24 Nairobi City Stars 2 - 0 Sofapaka Nyayo
24 Posta Rangers 2 - 0 Karuturi Sports Nyayo
23 Gor Mahia 1 - 0 AFC Leopards Nyayo
23 Chemelil Sugar 0 - 0 KCB Chemelil
23 SonySugar 1 - 0 Thika United Awendo
23 Red Berets 3 - 1 Mahakama Afraha
22 Mathare United 0 - 0 Tusker Nyayo
18 AFC Leopards 0 - 2 Chemelil Sugar Nyayo
17 Sofapaka 2 - 0 SonySugar City
17 Thika United 1 - 1 Mathare United Thika
17 Tusker 0 - 0 Ulinzi Stars City
16 KCB 3 - 0 Nairobi City Stars City
16 Karuturi Sports 0 - 0 Gor Mahia Karuturi
16 Red Berets 1 - 2 Posta Rangers Afraha
16 Mahakama 0 - 0 Western Stima City
September
29 Mathare United 3 - 3 AFC Leopards Nyayo
26 Chemelil Sugar 0 - 0 Posta Rangers Chemelil
26 Ulinzi Stars 3 - 0 KCB Karuturi
26 Nairobi City Stars 2 - 1 Red Berets Hope Centre
26 Tusker 1 - 0 Thika United Nyayo
26 Gor Mahia 2 - 0 Mahakama City
26 SonySugar 2 - 1 Karuturi Sports Awendo
25 Western Stima 3 - 0 Sofapaka Mumias
19 Mathare United 0 - 1 Ulinzi Stars Nyayo
19 Nairobi City Stars 2 - 2 Tusker Nyayo
18 Karuturi Sports 2 - 1 Mahakama Karuturi
18 SonySugar 2 - 0 Western Stima Awendo
18 Chemelil Sugar 2 - 0 Thika United Chemelil
18 Posta Rangers 2 - 3 KCB Nyayo
18 Red Berets 2 - 2 AFC Leopards Karuturi
15 Gor Mahia 1 - 1 Sofapaka Nyayo
13 AFC Leopards 2 - 1 Posta Rangers Karuturi
12 Tusker 1 - 2 SonySugar Nyayo
12 Sofapaka 0 - 0 Chemelil Sugar Nyayo
12 Thika United 1 - 0 Nairobi City Stars Thika
12 Western Stima 1 - 1 Mathare United Bukhungu
11 KCB 0 - 2 Gor Mahia Nyayo
11 Mahakama 0 - 2 Ulinzi Stars Nyayo
11 Karuturi Sports 0 - 0 Red Berets Karuturi
August
29 Chemelil Sugar 0 - 0 Karuturi Sports Chemelil
29 Gor Mahia 0 - 0 Red Berets City
29 SonySugar 2 - 0 KCB Awendo
28 Nairobi City Stars 0 - 1 AFC Leopards City
28 Ulinzi Stars 1 - 0 Thika United Karuturi
28 Western Stima 0 - 3 Tusker Mumias
28 Posta Rangers 1 - 0 Mahakama City
25 Mathare United 1 - 3 Sofapaka Nyayo
22 Posta Rangers 0 - 2 Gor Mahia City
22 AFC Leopards 0 - 1 SonySugar Nyayo
22 Thika United 2 - 0 Western Stima Thika
22 Mahakama 0 - 0 Tusker City
22 Sofapaka 0 - 0 Ulinzi Stars Nyayo
21 Karuturi Sports 2 - 0 Nairobi City Stars Karuturi
21 KCB 1 - 1 Mathare United City
21 Red Berets 4 - 0 Chemelil Sugar Karuturi
18 Gor Mahia 2 - 0 Ulinzi Stars Nyayo
15 Tusker 1 - 0 Karuturi Sports Nyayo
15 SonySugar 1 - 0 Chemelil Sugar Awendo
15 Ulinzi Stars 3 - 0 Posta Rangers Karuturi
15 Nairobi City Stars 0 - 2 Mahakama City
15 Sofapaka 2 - 0 KCB Nyayo
14 Western Stima 0 - 0 Red Berets Bukhungu
14 Thika United 0 - 0 AFC Leopards Thika
8 Karuturi Sports 1 - 1 Thika United Karuturi
8 Nairobi City Stars 1 - 0 SonySugar City
8 Mahakama 1 - 0 KCB Nyayo
8 Red Berets 0 - 0 Tusker Karuturi
8 Posta Rangers 0 - 1 Western Stima City
7 Chemelil Sugar 1 - 1 Mathare United Chemelil
5 AFC Leopards 2 - 4 Sofapaka Nyayo
July
31 Western Stima 0 - 1 Gor Mahia Bukhungu
29 Thika United 1 - 0 Red Berets Thika
25 KCB 3 - 4 AFC Leopards City
25 Sofapaka 1 - 0 Karuturi Sports City
24 Mathare United 2 - 0 Nairobi City Stars City
24 SonySugar 0 - 0 Mahakama Awendo
24 Ulinzi Stars 2 - 1 Chemelil Sugar Afraha
24 Tusker 1 - 1 Posta Rangers City
19 Mahakama 2 - 1 AFC Leopards City
18 Tusker 0 - 2 Gor Mahia City
18 Chemelil Sugar 0 - 0 Western Stima Chemelil
18 SonySugar 2 - 0 Mathare United Awendo
18 Thika United 0 - 0 Posta Rangers Thika
18 Nairobi City Stars 1 - 1 Ulinzi Stars City
17 Karuturi Sports 0 - 3 KCB Sher
17 Red Berets 0 - 4 Sofapaka Sher
14 AFC Leopards 0 - 1 Ulinzi Stars City
12 Posta Rangers 1 - 3 Nairobi City Stars City
11 Sofapaka 1 - 1 Tusker City
11 Mahakama 0 - 1 Thika United City
10 Gor Mahia 4 - 1 Chemelil Sugar City
10 Red Berets 1 - 0 SonySugar Afraha
10 Karuturi Sports 0 - 0 Mathare United Sher
10 KCB 0 - 2 Western Stima City
June
16 Chemelil Sugar 0 - 0 Sofapaka Chemelil
13 SonySugar 1 - 1 Sofapaka Awendo
8 Sofapaka 3 - 0 Nairobi City Stars City
May
30 Mathare United 2 - 2 Thika United City
30 Gor Mahia 1 - 0 Karuturi Sports City
29 Western Stima 3 - 2 Mahakama Bukhungu
29 Nairobi City Stars 1 - 1 KCB City
29 Ulinzi Stars 1 - 0 Tusker Afraha
29 Chemelil Sugar 0 - 0 AFC Leopards Chemelil
29 Posta Rangers 1 - 1 Red Berets City
26 AFC Leopards 1 - 0 Gor Mahia Nyayo
26 Thika United 2 - 1 SonySugar Thika
26 Western Stima 1 - 2 Ulinzi Stars Bukhungu
25 Tusker 0 - 0 Mathare United Nyayo
25 Karuturi Sports 1 - 1 Posta Rangers Sher
23 Mahakama 2 - 1 Red Berets City
23 KCB 1 - 2 Chemelil Sugar City
17 Ulinzi Stars 1 - 1 Mahakama Afraha
16 Posta Rangers 1 - 1 AFC Leopards City
16 Mathare United 2 - 0 Western Stima Nyayo
16 Red Berets 1 - 0 Karuturi Sports Afraha
16 Gor Mahia 0 - 1 KCB City
16 Nairobi City Stars 2 - 2 Thika United Nyayo
15 SonySugar 1 - 2 Tusker Awendo
9 AFC Leopards 2 - 1 Red Berets Nyayo
9 Tusker 1 - 0 Nairobi City Stars Nyayo
9 Thika United 2 - 0 Chemelil Sugar Thika
8 KCB 2 - 2 Posta Rangers Nyayo
8 Ulinzi Stars 0 - 2 Mathare United Afraha
8 Western Stima 3 - 0 SonySugar Bukhungu
8 Mahakama 1 - 3 Karuturi Sports Nyayo
5 Sofapaka 1 - 1 Gor Mahia Nyayo
2 Nairobi City Stars 1 - 0 Western Stima Hope Centre
2 Chemelil Sugar 0 - 1 Tusker Chemelil
2 SonySugar 2 - 2 Ulinzi Stars Awendo
2 Posta Rangers 3 - 2 Sofapaka Hope Centre
1 Karuturi Sports 3 - 0 AFC Leopards Sher
1 Red Berets 1 - 0 KCB Afraha
1 Gor Mahia 2 - 1 Thika United City
1 Mathare United 1 - 1 Mahakama Nyayo
April
28 AFC Leopards 2 - 1 Mahakama Nyayo
25 Mathare United 1 - 0 SonySugar City
25 Posta Rangers 2 - 1 Thika United Hope Centre
25 Sofapaka 0 - 0 Red Berets City
24 KCB 1 - 2 Karuturi Sports Nyayo
24 Western Stima 0 - 1 Chemelil Sugar Bukhungu
24 Ulinzi Stars 1 - 1 Nairobi City Stars Afraha
21 Gor Mahia 1 - 1 Tusker Nyayo
18 Sofapaka 0 - 0 Mathare United Nyayo
18 KCB 1 - 0 SonySugar Nyayo
18 Thika United 1 - 1 Ulinzi Stars Thika
18 AFC Leopards 1 - 1 Nairobi City Stars City
17 Tusker 2 - 0 Western Stima Nyayo
17 Mahakama 0 - 1 Posta Rangers City
17 Red Berets 1 - 1 Gor Mahia Afraha
17 Karuturi Sports 1 - 0 Chemelil Sugar Sher
11 Western Stima 2 - 2 Thika United Bukhungu
11 Mathare United 3 - 1 KCB City
11 Ulinzi Stars 1 - 1 Sofapaka Sher
11 SonySugar 2 - 0 AFC Leopards Awendo
11 Chemelil Sugar 2 - 1 Red Berets Chemelil
11 Nairobi City Stars 1 - 1 Karuturi Sports Hope Centre
10 Tusker 1 - 0 Mahakama Nyayo
10 Gor Mahia 1 - 0 Posta Rangers City
7 AFC Leopards 1 - 1 Mathare United Nyayo
4 KCB 0 - 4 Ulinzi Stars City
4 Sofapaka 4 - 2 Western Stima Nyayo
4 Thika United 1 - 3 Tusker Thika
4 Red Berets 0 - 1 Nairobi City Stars Afraha
3 Karuturi Sports 0 - 0 SonySugar Sher
3 Posta Rangers 1 - 1 Chemelil Sugar Nyayo
3 Mahakama 1 - 3 Gor Mahia City
March
28 Chemelil Sugar 3 - 0 Gor Mahia Chemelil
28 Mathare United 0 - 0 Karuturi Sports Nyayo
28 Nairobi City Stars 1 - 1 Posta Rangers Hope Centre
28 Ulinzi Stars 2 - 0 AFC Leopards Afraha
28 Thika United 1 - 0 Mahakama Thika
27 Tusker 0 - 1 Sofapaka City
27 Western Stima 2 - 2 KCB Bukhungu
27 SonySugar 1 - 0 Red Berets Awendo
22 AFC Leopards 1 - 1 Western Stima Nyayo
21 KCB 0 - 1 Tusker Nyayo
21 Mahakama 1 - 1 Chemelil Sugar Nyayo
21 Karuturi Sports 0 - 0 Ulinzi Stars Sher
20 Sofapaka 3 - 0 Thika United Nyayo
20 Posta Rangers 2 - 1 SonySugar Nyayo
20 Red Berets 1 - 1 Mathare United Afraha
19 Gor Mahia 1 - 0 Nairobi City Stars Nyayo
17 Tusker 0 - 0 AFC Leopards Nyayo
14 Sofapaka 1 - 1 Mahakama Nyayo
14 Thika United 1 - 0 KCB Thika
14 Ulinzi Stars 1 - 0 Red Berets Afraha
14 Mathare United 2 - 1 Posta Rangers Nyayo
13 SonySugar 1 - 1 Gor Mahia Awendo
13 Nairobi City Stars 2 - 1 Chemelil Sugar Hope Centre
13 Western Stima 1 - 1 Karuturi Sports Bukhungu
10 Sofapaka 0 - 1 AFC Leopards Nyayo
7 AFC Leopards 1 - 0 Thika United Nyayo
7 Mahakama 0 - 0 Nairobi City Stars Nyayo
7 Karuturi Sports 2 - 1 Tusker Sher
6 KCB 2 - 1 Sofapaka Nyayo
6 Red Berets 1 - 2 Western Stima Afraha
6 Chemelil Sugar 0 - 1 SonySugar Chemelil
6 Posta Rangers 0 - 0 Ulinzi Stars City
3 Gor Mahia 0 - 0 Mathare United Nyayo
February
28 Tusker 3 - 1 Red Berets Nyayo
28 SonySugar 0 - 0 Nairobi City Stars Awendo
28 KCB 1 - 0 Mahakama Nyayo
27 Mathare United 1 - 1 Chemelil Sugar City
27 Thika United 0 - 1 Karuturi Sports Thika
27 Ulinzi Stars 1 - 0 Gor Mahia Oserian
27 Western Stima 1 - 0 Posta Rangers Bukhungu
21 Chemelil Sugar 0 - 1 Ulinzi Stars Chemelil
21 AFC Leopards 0 - 2 KCB Nyayo
21 Nairobi City Stars 2 - 2 Mathare United Hope Centre
20 Gor Mahia 0 - 0 Western Stima Nyayo
20 Karuturi Sports 0 - 2 Sofapaka Sher
20 Posta Rangers 1 - 4 Tusker Nyayo
20 Mahakama 1 - 1 SonySugar City
 
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