Sofapaka win third place play-off
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KENYA champions Sofapaka took the Cecafa Kagame Cup bronze medal and left the championship with their heads high here yesterday.

The Kenyans beat outgoing champions Atraco of Rwanda 2-1 during their third place play-off at Amahoro Stadium. Abbas Akinyemi shot Sofapaka in the lead with a 20th minute goal and then Laurent Tumba added in the 22nd minute to make it look like the Kenyans would race to a rousing win against Atraco who won the title in Khartoum, Sudan last year.

However, Dady Birory scored in the 37th minute to set up a most exciting battle till the end. But the Kenyans, under coach Sam Ssimbwa who, was on the bench for the first time since being banned for two matches, looked extremely confident in a packed stadium.

The Kenyans, playing in the championship for the first time did well. They, in fact, were eliminated by a controversial goal in their 1-0 loss to APR in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

Sofapaka results: URA 0-3 Sofapaka; Simba 0-1 Sofapaka; Sofapaka 3-0 Atraco; Sofapaka 0 (7) – 0 (6) Rayon; APR 1-0 Sofapaka; Sofapaka 2-1 Atraco.


SOFAPAKA – 29. Wilson Obungu: 6. Said Idrissa Rajab, 5. Edgar Ochieng’, 7. James Situma, 2. Harry Gentle, 20. Humphrey Mieno Ochieng, 21. Hussein Abdulrazak, 8. Laurent Tumba (3. Hugo Nzoka, 70), 9. Bob Mugalia, 12. John Baraza (22. Evans Wandera, 75’), 24. Abbas Akinyemi

Reserves not used – 1. Zachariah Onyango, 13. Kevin Ochieng’, 18. Tafadzwa Dondo, 17. Salum “Kinje” Khamis

Scorers – 24. Abbas Akinyemi (20’), 8. Laurent Tumba (22’)

Coach – Sam Ssimbwa (Uganda)

ATRACO – 22. Ismail Mfashingabo: 3. Godfrey Katerega, 5. Amani Uwiringiyimana, 6. D’Amour Uwimana, 10. Jimmy Butera, 11. Mike Ssebaringa, 12. Ronald Kamoga, 14. Hamisi Kitagenda, 16. Dady Birory, 17. Jean Lomami (24. Andre Lomami, 75’), 23. Berch Bamuna

Reserves – 1. Alexis Ganza, 4. Donatien Tuyizere, 8. Ismail Habumugisha, 13. Yahya Seburungo

Scorer – 16. Dady Birory (37’)

Coach – Sam Timbe (Uganda)

Rwanda champions APR, twice past winners, were 1-0 up against St George’s of Ethiopia, three minutes into extra time of the Cecafa Kagame Cup Club Championship at the Amahoro Stadium on Saturday night.

The two sides were meeting for the fourth time this year, having played two friendlies in Kigali and one in Addis Ababa recently. On February 7, APR beat St George’s 1-0 in Kigali but the Ethiopians won 2-1 the following day.

In Addis Ababa on February 22, St George’s hammered APR 3-0. The two sides were warming up for African Champions League competition in which APR went farthest, just falling short of making the group phase at the hands of Champions League champions TP Mazembe of Congo [Kinshasa].

APR was counting on home advantage to win the final because statistics suggestthat St George’s might have had the edge. Mitcho Sredojevic, the Serbian coaching the Ethiopians had said his team was more cohesive. He acknowledged the quality of APR players but added: “We can exploit the fact they are too individualistic. My team moves as a good unit and I think we shall overcome.

“I shall assemble a tactful team that can counter their individual talent. I know they [APR] don’t play effectively as a team.”

The Ethiopian boys proved too good for Atraco in extra- time on Thursday after a 1-1 normal time score. Said Salahadin struck in the 100th minute and Adame Girma added to his 20th minute opener, a 119th goal to knock out Atraco, surprise winners of the competition in Khartoum, Sudan last year. Berch Bahuma had tied 1-1 for Atraco with a 48th minute penalty when the St George’s defender captain Samson Mulegeta handled the ball in the box.

Today, St George’s were crucially missing Patrick Ochan, the Uganda Cranes international defender who badly injured his elbow in the quarter-finals against Djibouti Telkom on Tuesday. Ochan will be out even for the Cranes matches for eight weeks, said his doctor.

Erick Paske, the Dutch coach of APR said his team had the men to beat St George’s. But APR werel missing the services of two starting players who were shown cards in two knock-out stage matches. Mutamba Tchimanga was sent off on Wednesday against Sofapaka and Albert Ngabo accumulated two yellow cards. APR’s route to the finals has had three red cards -- out of the five in the entire tournament so far.

Amaharo has been a happy hunting ground for APR in the Cecafa Kagame Cup finals. They lost to Tusker of Kenya in 2000 but in 2004 APR lifted clinched their first title when they beat Kenya’s Ulinzi Stars 3-1 in the final. Three years later, APR edged Uganda Revenue Authority 2-1 to take home a second trophy.

It is the first final for St George’s. The furthest they had gone was in 2007 when they finished third. President Paul Kagame, the Cecafa patron is the expected as chief guest on the final day. The final will be officiated by the Ugandan Fifa Referee Ali Kalyango.

The champions’ top prize will be U$ 30,000 [Sh2.2 million], silver medalists $20,000 [Sh 1.5m] and bronze $10,000 [Sh750, 000].

By Gishinga Njoroge


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RICHARD ODUORI  - PR   | |2009-05-13 07:36:36
with good management,it is a team to watch.i like the way they enrolling
as a fun
RICHARD ODUORI  - Fun     | |2009-05-13 07:37:32
i love there game
mcris   | |2009-07-28 12:39:06
keep up and lift the premier league just for a break from the usual suspects
blessedlady  - well done keep it up.   |Registered |2009-08-25 13:17:25
i have been keenly following your matches and i am very impressed
may you win the premier league that you do deserve.
mcris  - go go go for the top   | |2009-08-25 17:30:54
yote yawezekana katika jina la aliye mkuu
David Baraka  - Believe to achieve   | |2009-08-26 14:17:22
This is your you have to believe to achieve..and win the Cup wish u
all the best and May God Bless Sofapaka.
muchemi  - Marketer     | |2009-09-25 12:12:52
Sofapaka is the best club in Kenya and am happy to be associated with the team
i wish the team all the best
wilfred kipkech  - concractulations     | |2009-10-29 08:54:25
I also wish to concractulate your team and PORTLAND for that bold move to
sponsor our local team. I am very impressed by Sofapaka management and your
website as well. why are teams LIKE TP MAZEMBE from country that is recovering
from war do well and now are in Verge of winning CL do better than us.
Chairman is doing impressive work and i hope the sponsorship is not exclusive,
it should have avenue for more sponsors.
KBC should wake up and partner with
supersport to have share of broadcast.

kudos and now i can buy cement from
such good company.

Jared   | |2009-12-17 02:04:08
I have no doubt that if Sofapaka are on the right track. They have a bright
future and potential of becoming a leading soccer club in Africa. So far the
recruitments have been fantastic. Am sure they will go past Ismailia of Egypt.
Jared   | |2009-12-17 02:05:30
Sofapaka have a bright future. They have so far recruited well and will surely
go past Ismailia of Egypt.
Kevin Juma  - The Champions of 2009   |Registered |2009-12-24 06:20:10
Sofapaka is gonna lift the Tusker cup being held in T.z, God is always with
them. I Love Sofapaka. Am Proud of the Champions
Tinali  - Big up Boys   | |2009-12-28 05:14:50
I think you have shown the world your no longer an emerged club but now a big
Deo Osmund  - You are a lesson to sports development   | |2009-12-29 05:37:48
being a sports lover especially soccer, l would like to congatulate your club on
and off pitch, you really set the mode for how a spots organisation should
prform like. well done guys and thanks for the good will lesson. From your
elias ngugi  - fun   | |2010-03-09 03:45:22
good work guys. you can make funs go back to the stadium in numbers due to the
beautiful way you play.
josino  - new member   | |2010-03-19 00:47:34
the league is at an early stage but i am sure we will bounce back
Mopao  - new fan   | |2010-03-24 05:28:25
..The team has just won me over and I will follow them through the season home
and in most instances away. One thing though we need to get our fielding right,
we have too many good players and this could be our shortcoming unless we
perfect our fielding.
bernard  - sofapaka fun   | |2010-04-06 05:30:55
i believe watoto wa mungu wil beat ulinzi fc coz they play quality football
saazsimba  - hopes   |Registered |2010-04-11 05:25:49
Hey lets think possitive guys
i thought sofapaka funs think that way...
well am
just hoping and praying that they win,atleast they will make my day,,,lool
luck guys we trust in u
Nkulikiye Christian  - Poude of you!   | |2010-05-25 16:30:27
Go go go!! Sofapaka,truly you are God's Children! Wishing you all the

Christian from Togo.
sammy kip mulwa  - let the flag fly high   | |2010-05-26 06:55:22
All that's happening is due to hardwork and putting money where its supposed to
be invested in football...Kudos sofapaka.
NKulikiye Christian  - Congratutions!!   | |2010-05-31 16:00:09
For a team that came in this big tournament for the first time, you did us very
proud and we know that you could have done even better if it was not the Referee
in the semi final Match!


Christian Nkulikiye (Togo)
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