July 29, 2021

Sofapaka 2-0 Zoo FC: Juma, Aswani strike to steer Batoto ba Mungu past winless visitors

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Sofapaka 2-0 Zoo FC: Juma, Aswani strike to steer Batoto ba Mungu past winless visitors

Since they were reinstated into the competition by a local tribunal, the Kericho side is yet to pick a victory in the league

Lawrence Juma and Kephwa Aswani struck for Sofapaka in a 2-0 Football Kenya Federation Premier League win against Zoo FC on Wednesday at Kasarani.

Juma and Aswani earned the goals in a dominant first half and Zoo were lucky not to concede more in the subsequent half.

Sofapaka threatened in the seventh minute when Collin Wakhungu was set through on goal by Stephen Otieno but Zoo’s Brian Lumumba did well to punch out the shot targeted at his goal.

After Lumumba had denied them, Sofapaka started another build-up that ended up producing the opener three minutes later. Wakhungu set Juma through on goal and the former Gor Mahia midfielder – who scored a hat-trick against Mathare United – managed to find the back of the net.

Wakhungu, who was lively since the first whistle, was unlucky to see his effort parried over the bar by Lumumba in the 12th minute as Sofapaka mounted more attacks.

Otieno would have made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute but his shot went just wide as an isolated Lumumba was again exposed by his backline.

Batoto ba Mungu were not to be denied in the 28th minute when Aswani scored with an assist from Roy Okal. At this point, Zoo were clearly unable to deal with a Sofapaka side that attacked from all angles.

Joe Waithira – who recently signed from Wazito FC – missed the target slightly in the 57th minute as Lumumba was all but beaten. Timothy Otieno, who earned his debut since signing from Napsa Stars – could have made a big contribution in the 65th minute when his defence-splitting pass found Wakhungu who was unable to tap home the cross.

With his side looking dominant, coach Ken Okoth decided to make a change when he introduced Mike Amisi for Wakhungu in the 67th minute. Two minutes after the change, Mohamed Kilume was stretchered off after a dangerous tackle by an opponent.

Waithira almost earned a debut goal in the 73rd minute when, after an individual run, he managed to enter into Zoo’s area but his final shot was a let-down as it flew out.

Otieno’s 83rd-minute effort was blocked by Zoo who had resorted to a defensive approach against the 2009 league champions who were determined to get an additional goal.

The visitors were lucky not to concede more in the remaining minutes in addition to the three given after regular time.