The last time Sofapaka picked a point against Ulinzi Stars was way back in 2014. The last six meetings between both sides ended in favor of the Soldiers, but that run came to an end thanks to Umaru Kasumba and Kepha Aswani who denied Ulinzi a chance of moving joint top with leaders Gor Mahia, had they won this match.
Stephen Waruru was handed a start against his former side and the striker had a point to prove to the side he ditched last January after both parties fell out.
Waruru terrorized Ulinzi’s defence early in the sixth minute from the right flank, but Mohammed Hassan covered well with his first tackle against his former teammate.
Aswani’s poor ball control technique saw him miss a golden chance after the ball fell on his path, inside Ulinzi’s box, but the former AFC Leopards and Nakumatt striker casual kick flew over the bar.
Jacktone Odhiambo recovered quickly to make amends following poor communication with his defender George Omondi, whose attempted safe-play, sluggishly rolled on the path of Kasumba, but the Ugandan final delivery was pickled by the custodian.
Oliver Ruto earned Sofapaka a free-kick from a dangerous place after he committed a foul on Waruru, who was given a police marking, but the ‘Cats’ didn’t make good use of the chance.
Ugandan import Kasumba gave Sofapaka the lead in the 32nd minute with a powerful shot after he picked a flick from Waruru, who fooled Hassan to follow him on the wings, creating a hole in the middle for Kasumba to attack the Kenyan Soldiers at their weakest moment.
Sofapaka added a second, two minutes later after Kasumba once again beat three defenders before setting up Aswani, who placed the ball into the empty net with Odhiambo charging forward to clear Ulinzi’s mess.
Ulinzi cut the deficit with a minute to the break after Elvis Nandwa fired past Mathias Kigonya.
Kigonya had come out of his line to punch a long throw but the ball fell on the way of Nandwa, who directed a strong shot into the net to cut Sofapaka’s advantage.
Dunstan Nyaudo threw in Cliff Kasuti and the change came with some slight improvement on Ulinzi Stars side, who dictated the proceeding early after resumption before Sofakapa came back into the battle midway through to quell the threat.
Waruru failed to connect an effort into the net after he raced clear on the right, but the final deliver let him down.
Sofapaka clung to the slim lead that saw them move to third on 28 points, same as Ulinzi Stars, who have a superior goal adavatage.