Sofapaka 4-1 Nzoia Sugar: Sugar Millers misery extended in Machakos

Sofapaka 4-1 Nzoia Sugar: Sugar Millers misery extended in Machakos

The visitors poor run in the league continued as they fell against the former champions on Sunday afternoon

Sofapaka FC bounced back from their defeat to KCB to claim a 4-1 win against Nzoia Sugar at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

A goal apiece from David Simiyu, Elly Asieche, Titus Achesa, and George Maelo were enough to help the team win against the visitors who scored their consolation courtesy of Boris Kwezi.

The hosts started the match on a high note, using every chance to attack in search of an early goal. Kepha Awani, Collins Wakhungu, and Jedinak Ameyan created all sorts of problems for the opponents but the defenders looked solid.

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Batoto ba Mungu could have opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Thomas Wainaina received a good ball in the danger zone unmarked. However, the winger went for power instead of precision and the goalkeeper did well to put the ball out for safety.

It was one-way traffic as the 2009 league champions looked determined to get a goal in the first half. A good move after half an hour ended with Aswani being felled 25-yards from goal. From the resulting free-kick, Elly Asieche forced goalkeeper Benson Mangala.

With about six minutes to the break, the visitors were let loose again when David Simiyu headed narrowly wide from an Asieceh corner. The only bright side for the Sugar Millers in the first half was organized defending, but the attack looked blunt.

It took Sofapaka just two minutes to find the opener after the break when Simiyu was let into the dangerous area and he capitalized on it by cooly slotting in the opener.

In the 50th minute, Nigel Mohammed handled the ball in the danger zone leaving the referee with no option but hand the Nairobi based side a penalty. Asieche wrong-footed the goalkeeper to double the advantage for his team and pile more misery on Nzoia.

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The tired-looking Nzoia managed to pull a goal back in the 65th minute; they won a free-kick in a good position and it was played into the 12-yard area. The unmarked Boris Kwezi read it well before converting past the hapless Sofapaka custodian.

A two-goal cushion was restored in the 73rd minute when poor goalkeeping allowed Titus Achesa to find the back of the net from a tight angle. The defender fooled Mangala that he was going for a cross before shooting straight into the goal.

Nzoia Sugar were reduced to 10 men in the 80th minute when Ian Karani was dismissed for a second bookable offence. The player went on a flying tackle to Achesa and the referee had no option but to send him off. Elly Asieche took the free-kick and George Maelo made it four.