Ulinzi gun down Sofapaka in Football Kenya Federation matches
Charles Thuku and Harrison Kivisu
Most of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Cup competition matches yesterday went according to script as Premier League sides Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) and Nairobi City booked slots in the last sixteen after eliminating nondescript opposition.
However, former Cup winners Sofapaka kissed good bye the championships, whose winner shall represent Kenya in the CAF Confederation Cup, after losing 2-0 to Ulinzi Stars at Dawson Mwanyumba Stadium in Wundanyi. Oscar Wanyama scored both Ulinzi goals in the 6th and 42nd minute.
In Mombasa, it was good news for Bandari fans as the cup holders marched into the round of 16 almost without breaking a sweat after beating Division 2 side Dimba Patriots, popularly known as Foxes, 5-1.
Benjamin Mosha struck in the 11th and 86th minutes for a superb brace with William Wadri, Darius Msagha and Congolese Yema Mwana each helping themselves with a goal to pep the dockers in the match played under searing heat.
At Kinunga Stadium in Ichagachiru, Nyeri, Tusker were not too ‘friendly’ to home team Marafiki FC, blanking them 4-1 to book their place in the pre-quarter finals.
Another successful bigwig was AFC Leopards who earned ample revenge over Posta Rangers by dispatching them 1-0 in the second match of a double header at Thika Stadium.
In an earlier match at Thika Stadium, Bidco United made short work of little-known Twyford from Kajiado by hammering them 7-0.
Kariobangi Sharks also booked a ticket to the next round, thanks to a 2-0 win over Tandaza at Utalii ground.
At Gems Cambridge ground, KCB, one of the top tier league title contenders, used their vast experienced to beat Transfoc 2-0 while City Stars were forced to apply all tricks in the book to dismiss stubborn hosts Fortune Sacco at Kianyaga grounds in Kirinyaga.
Elsewhere at Sudi Stadium in Bungoma, Nation FC’s fairy tale ended after falling 3-0 to uncompromising home team Bungoma Superstars at Sudi Stadium in Bungoma.
In the second match played at Gems Cambridge ground, Sigalagala Technical Training Institute (TTI) also sailed into the next stage after beating Kajiado North 4-3 in a game of fluctuating fortunes.
In the meantime, during the onset of the knock out tournament at the weekend, Vegpro posted one of the biggest victories in open play in their 4-1 whacking of Twomoc at Nakuru ASK showground.