NAIROBI, Kenya, February 4 – Former Gor Mahia FC striker Kevin Omondi scored the lone goal with custodian David Okello saving a penalty as GOtv Shield champions Sofapaka beat visiting Zambian side Power Dynamos 1-0 in an international friendly match played at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium on Wednesday.
Omondi signed by Batoto ba Mungu after his contract with South African side Moroka Swallows was discontinued finished off a great move he instigated himself with a decent low finish.
Though he later limped off with cramps, Omondi would be proud of his performance, admitting he has to work harder to get his fitness back.
Dynamos fielded a relatively different team from the one which beat champions Gor 3-0 over the weekend and they never seemed as threatening with Sofapaka calmly absorbing their strengths.
As early as the second minute, Sam Timbe’s side had already threatened with Abdul Razak Fiston seeing his header come off the bar from Enock Agwanda’s corner.
Timbe had fielded several of his new players with former Chemelil Sugar man Willis Ouma partnering Felly Mulumba at the heart of defense with Omondi adding the attacking partnership that had Fiston and Agwanda.
Former Nakuru All Stars skipper Erastus Mwaniki started the match as well.
Dynamos still had a lot of their attacking prowess as well as organized play despite changing the team match and Felix Sunzu had an effort go just wide after five minutes.
Ten minutes later, Dynamos thought they had strong shouts for a penalty after Ignitius Lwipa’s attempted cross seemed to ricochet off Ouma’s arm but referee Sylvester Kirwa waved play on.
Omondi had his first effort on goal on the half hour mark with a beautiful curling effort coming off the bar.
Agwanda had a decent chance a minute later when he found himself one on one with keeper Becky Birangi, but the latter had the last laugh just managing to trap the ball between his legs.
Omondi finally broke the deadlock, coming at the end of a beautiful interchange of passes with Agwanda, before hitting into the far post with a side foot effort.
Just three minutes later, Dynamos had an opportunity to draw level but Julius Situmbeko’s penalty was saved by Okello.
Sunzu had been hacked into the box by Ouma, ref Kirwa not hesitating to point 12-yards out.
The introduction of Kevin Mubanga, Jimmy Ndhlovu and Chrispin Mulenga in the second half by the visitors increased their danger with the Batoto ba Mungu backline constantly kept on toes.
Mulumba had to make a decent acrobatic goal line clearance in the 63rd minute to deny skipper Emmanuel Chimbine who knicked the ball off Okello’s reach from a clever through pass.
Kobe Chipeta came close in the 85th when he hit the bar with a dipping effort after he noticed Okello off his line.
Sofapaka Coach Sam Timbe was impressed with his boys’ performance though he says the team is not yet a finished product. ; “It was a motivating victory, we played well and maintained our shape. I ‘m still trying out my team and I ‘m hopeful we will be ready for our CAF Confederation game because time is not much.”
His opposite number Tennant Chilumba said he was content with the match, “We are trying out our team and today we made a different starting eleven with a different formation and game plan. Sofapaka were good and they gave us a lot to think of.”
Dynamos will play Nakumatt FC on Saturday under floodlights as their CAF match against Al Khartoum in Sudan will be played under the same conditions.
Sofapaka will play against Harambee Stars Under-23 and Thika United in their final pre-season friendly matches before playing Gor Mahia in the Super Cup.