Sofapaka duo still sidelined


NAIROBI, Kenya, January 12- Sofapaka captain James Situma and goalkeeper Wilson Obungu are yet to recover from injury.Interim coach Ezekiel Akwana told Capital Sport on Wednesday that Bob Mugalia has also sustained a shoulder injury but the rest of the squad is ready to go.

“Apart from those three injuries the rest of the team is fit. Everyone has turned up for training and are in good shape,” said Akwana.

The former Kenya Premier League (KPL) champions face Angolan outfit Aviacao in the CAF Confederation Cup with the first leg slated for the weekend of January 28-30 and the second leg for February 11-13.

Akwana who took over from Sam SSimbwa after the latter was sacked last year said that the team’s main aim is to first hold their opponents Luanda and then beat them in the return fixture.

“We’re going to go for a draw, not to win, and then we come back here (Nairobi) for the return match, we will try our best to beat them,” said Akwana.

Akwana believes their disappointing continental outing last season will hold them in good stead this time round.

“The experience will help us a lot and the preparation is good as well. By the way we are training, everything we’ll be fine,” said Akwana.

As far as the rest of the season is concerned, Akwana is looking forward to the return of former Harambee Stars and Mathare United tactician Francis Kimanzi.

“It will boost the side a lot because Francis Kimanzi has qualifications which no other coach in Kenya has. I will also benefit because I will learn a lot from him,” said Akwana.

The former Mathare United player believes that they have banished the mistakes that plagued them last term when they surrendered the title to Ulinzi.

“We didn’t prepare well at the start of last season, but this time round we have changed. We made our selections in November and started pre season training in December. Up to now we are doing fine,” said Akwana.