SHOFCO FC trounce Kibra United in Nairobi West league
SHOFCO FC registered a rare 1-0 win against Kibera United in their 3rd last game in Nairobi West Division Two league staged at Woodley ground. The first half ended goalless when both teams played a defensive game. SHOFCO FC opened the score sheet in the 4th minute into the 2nd half.
Ibrahim Mwangi converted a foul outside the 18-yard to give his team a winning goal. Kibera United substitute Ibrahim Mao strengthened his team’s attacking force by directing more than two shots in a bid to equalize. However, SHOFCO’s keeper, Dennis Mwanzia, punched out the shots on target.
SHOFCO’s coach, Onyang’o, lauded his players for displaying a good game against their opponent. However, he admitted that their opponent gave them a tough time in the first half of the match. “We studied their tactics in the first half. That is why we managed to get a goal in the first four minutes of 2nd half. I brought in attacking midfielders who eventually changed the game,’’ Onyango explained.
“The league has been good so far, even though in the first season we lost points that we could have secured,” he added. Onyango said that he targets his team to finish at the top of the table and remain in the league next season. Kibera United coach, Ramadhan Vijago, conceded the derby defeat. He said that the game was good although the lack was not in their side.
“We tried our best but we did not manage to spoil the lead. This season has been difficult for us due to we lack of funds. The league requires a lot of funds to facilitate players to honor league matches,” Vijago said. “We shall get trial opportunities for several players this season. My forward player, Ibrahim Mao, is expected to go for trials. I hope he will make it,” he revealed.
Meanwhile, the 2018 FKF Zone B County league ended in triumph for SHOFCO Mathare when they finally clinched promotion to the FKF Nairobi West regional league. After the 14 league games came to an end, SHOFCO Mathare finished 7th after 7 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses.
This was a great improvement from their last season where they managed to finish the league just above the relegation zone. The Head coach, Fazul Ismailia, said he was happy with the result. “I had set a mid-table finish for the squad and I think with this result, we have been able to achieve our goal this Season,” Fazul said.
Fazul, who served as an assistant coach last season, was brought in at the beginning of the season to replace Lucas Bwire who was dismissed. Fazul credits the team’s success to a change in their playing pattern brought about by his new tenure. The coach also attributes this to the recruitment of new players to bolster his 32 man squad and the great support from SHOFCO management.
This has seen prompt payments of allowances to the players and provision of new kits which have boosted the players’ morale. Fazul cited the closure of the Police Depot ground in Mathare as a big blow to the team since they now lack a place to train and play their home matches.