SportPesa Kenya Premier League side Sofapaka Friday thrashed FKF Division One outfit Kangemi Allstars 5-0 in the Mashujaa Day Cup held at Camp Toyoyo.
Morven Otinya had a brace while Hansel Ochieng, Timona Wanyonyi and Meshack Karani contributed the other goals as Batoto ba Mungu breezed easy in a one sided match even with two penalties wasted. The match began in earnest with Sofapaka dictating the pace at midfield.
Timothy Luda ran through the Kangemi Park in the second minute to tee up Otinya who excellently slot the ball inside the box for the opener. As the game wore on, Kangemi attempted to settle in as Brian Ndeta and Kevin Oduor held steady at the heart of the pack.
Pressure wore on for the inexperienced Allstars as Sofapaka tossed the ball about finding spaces at the back but the final balls from Meshack Karani and Brian Magonya came a cropper.
However in the 27th minute, a messy defensive blunder by left back Isaya Ochuka was stolen by enterprising Hansel Ochieng who pipped a charging custodian Julius Okendo with a hard shot at the bottom right corner for the second.
Sam Ssimbwa’s men started taking control of proceedings as the slum boys begun fading off in the 42nd minute, a loose ball off Simon Onyango fell at the feet of Morven Otinya whose rasping 25 yard drive was too hot too handle for busy custodian Okendo.
In the second half, Allstars made tactical switches bringing in Jason Chege and Chris Njenga who changed the game, as they pressed high up. However strikers Allan Omondi and Samuel Otieno were lethargic with the experienced Sofapaka staying solid.
Meshack Karani and Timonah Wanyonyi were to close shop with beautiful goals that beat substitute custodian Brian Otieno who earlier made good saves off Karani and Willis Ouma in the 67th and 71st minutes.
Kangemi all stars coach David Machira was joyous despite their huge loss terming the match as a step-stone to gauge themselves with top-tier teams “I am proud of the my team because this is the first time we are playing against a top side, we have gathered a lot of experience from this game which we plan to use when we are promoted to the NSL,” said Machira who side leads in the FKF division one league.