Mwatate FC played Sofapaka in a hotly contested friendly on Wednesday the 25th in Wundanyi sub-county. The match between titans played in a ground with limited fans entry due to the covid regulation, ended with ‘Batoto Ba Mungu’ snatching the victory by a solitary goal scored midway in the second half.
The match kicked-off with the two teams seemingly evenly balanced battling to tip the game to their favor, major highlight being the midfield-dominance battle between two maestros, Lawrence Juma of Sofapaka and Joseph Nsobya of Mwatate.
But as time progressed, Batoto ba Mungu got the better of the resilient Mwatate side when Michael Karamol struck a cheeky, curling shot to beat the local’s custodian, Godfrey Wukabu, on his unguarded side on the 34th minute.
Mwatate came close to equalizing on the dying minutes of the 1st half when a dreadful shot from Joshua Robinson was parried by Kevin Omondi, who stood firmly between the visitors’ posts.
Despite the underwhelming performance by the home side, fans that had traveled from Voi town were thrilled when their homegrown, Peter ‘Samaki’ Mwasi, was introduced in the second half to inject some bit of venom in their attack. And he did not fail to impress as he immediately treated fans with his flair and footwork trickeries.
Equally, he came close to getting his name on the score sheet when he played an Ozil-esque pass to Denis Ouma who took a second too long on his decision-making only to miss the rare scoring opportunity a few yards from the target.
It was a match to remember and the thrilled fans couldn’t hide their joy after the match knowing that more, probably better, matches of the same caliber were lined up in the days to come, owing to the fact that Sofapaka will be using the David Mwanyumba Stadium as their home ground in the premier league season 20/21.
Similar sentiments were shared by Francis Baraza, the Sofapaka head coach. “We have known his Excellency Samboja for some time and we have a good relationship. So, when the club was handed the opportunity to choose between Narok and Wundanyi, the answer was quite unanimous. We love it here; the weather, the people, the culture.
“Fans should expect more thrilling games this season. We ask them to turn-up in numbers and support us as their own”. He additionally challenged young footballers in the county to embrace their presence and aim for the country’s elite league.
“We have a young goalkeeper who hails from this region. Other footballers should view this as an opportunity to earn a spot and work harder. We are here to stay and might be in their game’s attendance. If they impress, you never know.”
Sofapaka will be kicking off their first league match against bankers KCB on a to-be-announced date while Mwatate United are preparing for their return to the Super League.
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