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Sofapaka thrash Ulinzi

Sofapaka moved back to second place in the Kenya Premier League after thrashing a hapless Ulinzi Stars 3-0 at the City Stadium on Monday.

John Baraza’s first half strike and two more in the second half from Bob Mugalia and Anthony Kimani handed the soldiers their worst defeat this season.

The result saw Batoto ba Mungu leapfrog AFC Leopards to second spot in the standings with 46 points from 28 matches.

With Gor Mahia already declared the 2013 champions, second spot is up for grabs between Sofapaka and Leopards .

Leopards, currently on 44 points, could return to second position should they beat Sony Sugar on Wednesday in a rescheduled match at City stadium.

Sofapaka were the hungrier of the two sides having been beaten in successive weekends by AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia to see their hopes of winning silverware go up in smoke.

But it was until the half hour mark when veteran goal poacher Baraza struck with a fierce left foot drive for a 1-0 score line at the break.

In the second half, Ulinzi Stars started strongly, with Kokoyo winning a header in the box but goalkeeper Duncan Ochieng smothered the chance in the 46th minute.


Four minutes later, Elvis Nandwa had another great chance to restore parity but his shot went just wide after getting to the end of James Mulinge’s long throw.

Mugalia grabbed a beauty of a goal, latching on to John Baraza’s acrobatic clearance to loop over the advancing James Saruni who was way off his line to double Sofapaka’s advantage.

Sofapaka sealed the game through Anthony Kimani who wrong footed Mohamed Hassan on the left side and slotted home with a dipping shot at Saruni’s far post to put the icing on the cake.