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Sofapaka win Kenyan SuperSport/Dstv Cup
Kenya League champions Sofapaka FC started the new season in style with more silverware as they lifted the SuperSport/Dstv Cup on Sunday.
The side which has only spent one season in top flight action of the premier league stopped holders AFC Leopards 1-0 to lift the season-opener Champions Cup in a match played at the National Stadium in Nairobi.
Humphrey Mieno scored in the important goal as early as the 19th minute when he unleashed a hard shot past AFC Leopards goalkeeper Lawrence Webo.
After the goal, Sofapaka dictated matters and Leopards had to then fight from a back foot to find an equaliser. AFC Leopards later after resumption created many good scoring chances and it was Kenya ‘keeper Wilson Oburu who saved Sofapaka from conceding.
Oburu kept out good attempts from Sebastian Muchera, Gregory Nyapala and Dimonde Selenga. Sofapaka coach Robert Matano said: “This team (Leopards) is different from the one that struggled throughout last year. Indeed I am glad we came out with the win. The new faces gave us a hectic time. But I wish them a good season, which they will deserve if they play to the promise evident today.”
Besides shaping up for the start of the premier league on February 20, the game also helped the two teams prepare for continental football. AFC Leopards will host Banks of Ethiopia in the CAF Confederation Cup, while Sofapaka clash with Ismailia of Egypt in CAF Orange Champions league.
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