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KENYA: Sofapaka held, Gor switches of West Stima

[Posted 08 Aug 2011]
[By Charles Malingha]
KENYA: Sofapaka held, Gor switches of West Stima

With a lot of action on both halves and a plethora of top class players showing their talent, Sofapaka couldnít break the City Stars defence in that 0-0 draw on Sunday at the Nyayo National Stadium.

That result didnít do any good thing for the visiting City Stars, as they are still rooted at 14th position, one point better than Bandari and Congo United, both on 14 points.

In the second match at the same venue, Tusker FC defeated Sony Sugar 1-0 to reclaim leadership of the 16-team log, while Gor defeated hosts Western Stima 1-0 to move a place up above fourth-placed Ulinzi Stars.

In the other match of the day, Karuturi Sports won 1-0 against KCB in Naivasha.

The Sofapaka versus Nairobi City Stars match started at a fast pace and it never slowed down.

In the fifth minute of the match, City Starsí Kevin Omondi made a beautiful run after the ball was chipped over to the left side of Sofapakaís danger area.

And with a defender on his back and a tight angle to shoot, he fumbled and made an easy collection for Duncan Ochieng in goal.

Once the ball was with Francis Kimanziís boys, it was difficult to get it back for City Stars, bar when Thomas Wanyama was giving wayward passes or when Joseph Nyagah couldnít control most of the passes that came his way.

John Baraza was put through by Titus Mulama and he chipped it over Fredrick Majani but it was just wide. Very soon the ball again went to Sofapaka, with Bob Mugalia making a run through the centre of the pitch.

As the match progressed Sofapaka tried to settle down and play their usual passing game, but it took more time than they expected.

City Stars were not up to the best level that they can produce having to do a lot of defending and they were lucky, yet again, not to have conceded after Baraza failed to find the target with a 25th minute overhead kick.

Doing all the hard work

"It was an equally fought match and despite the fact that we wasted a lot of chances, Iím glad with the single point weíve earned from the match," said City Stars head coach, Ken Odhiambo.

As the second half started, City Stars started settling in well though still seeing the ball for very short periods. In the defensive side it was Majani who was doing all the hard work and making life difficult for the Sofapakaís forwards.

George Odari too lived up to the expectations with keeping pressure on Sofapaka players when they had the ball and keeping possession and making good passes going forward.

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