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September 19, 2018

Do plucky Rangers have the ammunition to kill Sofapaka?

Sofapaka players celebrate their goal against Bandari FC during their Kenyan Premier League match at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on May 21, 2014. Sofapaka won 2-0. Photo/Fredrick Onyango/www.pic-centre.com (KENYA).
Sofapaka players celebrate their goal against Bandari FC during their Kenyan Premier League match at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on May 21, 2014. Sofapaka won 2-0. Photo/Fredrick Onyango/www.pic-centre.com (KENYA).

Sofapaka Vs Rangers Today 2pm

GoTV Shield Final, Afraha Stadium, Nakuru

My Prediction: Batoto Ba Mungu 2-1 Rangers

With Harambee Stars not in action this weekend the only match worth mentioning is the GOtv Shield final between Sofapaka, who finished second in the Kenyan Premier League and Rangers, who are making a return to the top flight after winning their zone in the National Super League.

Sofapaka will want to restore pride in their side after failing to win any silverware since 2010. They came into the KPL with a bang in 2009 winning the title the same year and the next year they won his particular tournament; representing Kenya in the Confederations Cup the following year and giving a decent showing then. But since then they have always been the bridesmaids and never the bride. This year they even improved to become the “best maid” but that’s not the same as being the bride.

It’s rumoured that Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa is about to arrive at a big pay day as he plans to prepare the club for sale to a European businessman, and winning silverware will definitely improve the club’s value.

I wish him well. But Rangers won’t be a walkover; afterall they are in the final aren’t they? And they had a host of KPL sides to pass on their way there. They did win Zone “A” in the National Superleague with games to spare. Infact about three seasons ago they were on their way to winning the KPL when they lost their sponsorship from Posta and subsequently their best players in the June transfer window.

I know them as a team with heart; kind of like Southampton; a team we felt was full of pretenders but who are showing no signs of slowing down. This will definitely be a final to watch and may the best team on the day, win. I am slanting towards a Sofapaka win because of their experience and the fact they may just have the financial backing next term to do Kenya proud in the Confederations Cup.

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