The win was also a sweet one for Ulinzi coach Sammy Simiyu because it ended a winless run for the army men. Hall, the former Tanzania side Azam FC coach, took over the mantle at Sofapaka as replacement for the sacked Sam Ali.
The soldiers got a reprieve after former Gor Mahia boy Wycliffe Ochomo thundered home the lone goal in the 24th minute. Hall was not a happy man after watching his Sofapaka side squander several scoring opportunities.
“We played well especially in the second half. We created many chances ,held on to possession and stringed passes well. Their goal was offside but we should also have used our chances.”
“We will now shift our focus to the next games where we will work on scoring and team work. We need to have a strategy on the remaining six league matches and cup competition.”
The win hoisted the soldier’s points tally to 40 but they are still rooted in position six. Sofapaka are in position five with equal number of points.
Sofapaka had begun the game on a high in the first exchanges. Danson Kago showed his intent firing from the right angle after being put through by skipper James Situma in the 17th minute.
The stocky Congolese import Heritier Luvualu was to come close ten minute later forcing Ulinzi’s custodian Jacktone Odhiambo to a fine save with a hard shot.
Hall then made changes after the breather injecting in Bob Mugalia for teenager Danson Kago but it could not help matters.
The visitors were unlucky were twice when Mulinge Ndeto almost converted into his own net while there was claims for a spot kick when TV replays showed that Eric Apul had handled in the box.
Elsewhere, in Chemelil, hosts Chemelil Sugar were forced to rally from behind to salvage a point against Sammy Omollo’s Oserian FC.