Sofapaka focused to win the Betway Shield Cup

  • Sofapaka head coach, John Baraza has encouraged his boys to take the remaining games as finals in order to find a way to continental football. ‘Batoto Ba Mungu’ won the title in 2007, 2010 and 2014.
John Baraza, Sofapaka FC

As the hopes of winning the KPL title a fading away, ‘Batoto Ba Mungu’ have aligned their focus to the Betway Shield Cup. They are determined to win the 4 knockout matches as they find a way to the continental football.

Their efforts to be featured in the Caf Confederation will be put to test next month as they face Bandari FC in the round of 16.

Sofapaka head coach, John Baraza has encouraged his boys to take the remaining games as finals in order to find a way to continental football. ‘Batoto Ba Mungu’ won the title in 2007, 2010 and 2014.

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Baraza who won the cup with Sofapaka in 2014 said that they will not consider anything else other than the title this season. He confirmed that it is only the title that will help them secure a place in Caf Confederation.

John Baraza who lead the club as they smashed Balaji 5-4 on the post-match penalties in the round of 32 terms Bandari as an ideal test and advised them to prepare for a tough play.

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“This is a shortcut for us to break the long absence from Caf matches. Between us and the feat, there are four knockout matches which we have resolved to take as finals. We face holders in the next round and I think this will provide an indicator of our readiness to win the cup,” said Baraza

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“We are anticipating a tough match as Bandari will also be aiming to retain the cup but I think I have an experienced squad which will carry the day,” he added.

As Sofapaka prepares to win the remaining matches, Baraza is unsure if George Maelo will be featured in the squad. However, he confirms that there are still options to replace him although he would like to have him featured.

“We would wish to have him in the knockout matches as he brings maturity in the backline and leadership too. He has been held up lately but the advantage is  that he trains with us and we hope he will avail himself for the matches,” he said

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In the absence of George Maelo, the coach confirmed that Sammy Imbuye can take over.

“Imbuye has been a revelation at the full-back right in the days Maelo has been away. I have had a word with him and he enjoys defending even though he is not a defender. He is young, disciplined and energetic and I think the future is bright for him,” he added.

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