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Sofapaka face Kariobangi outfit as GOtv round of 16 is unveiled

After breezing to the pre-quarter-finals of the GOtv Shield Cup at the weekend, Sofapaka can dare dream of attacking Africa again, two years after carrying Kenya’s banner in the CAF Confederations Cup.

The team’s deputy coach John Baraza said their fairy-tale resurgence was well choreographed in their 1-0 win over Western Stima which set stage for a meeting with Kariobangi Sharks who beat Kenpoly two-nil.

“The new signings we brought on board during the mini-transfer window brought another dimension in the team. I can confidently say that we now have depth and can only get better,” said Baraza. He added: “I think our players have demonstrated an insatiable hunger for success and we are happy with that as technical bench officials.

I can only say that this is encouraging moving forward.” Among the players Batoto Ba Mungu enlisted in the rebuilding process are midfield dynamo Hillary Echesa, Timothy Luda, Abdulatiff “Achkobe” Omar, Meshack Karani, Umalu Kasumba, Wesley Onguso, Morven Otinya and Willis Ouma.

Asked what he thinks are the team’s chances against Sharks in the much involving round of sixteen, Baraza says it will be unpredictable given the battle hardedness nature of their opponents.

“Sharks have proved that they they are not in the tournament to make up numbers. They are strong and the fact that they are performing well even in the league means that we have our work cut out.

But our ultimate goal is to revisit continental football,” said Baraza. Sofapaka, the 2009 league champions, last represented Kenya in the 2015 CAF Cup where they were eliminated 4-2 on aggregate by FC Platinum of Zimbabwe in the preliminary round.

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