0Shares0000Sony Sugar’s Yema Mwana attempts an overhead kick under pressure from Sofapaka’s Bernard Mang’oli and Humphrey Okoti during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Ruaraka Complex on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 15- A tale of two penalties saw 10-man Sony Sugar fight from a goal down to draw 1-1 with 2009 champions Sofapaka at the Ruaraka Complex on Sunday evening, handing John Baraza a stuttering start as Batoto ba Mungu head coach.Sofapaka scored in the first half via a Mathias Kigonya penalty and the sugar-belt side responded in the second half via David Simiyu, also from the penalty spot. Sony were reduced to 10 men early in the second half after Samuel Olare was sent off for elbowing an opponent. Batoto ba Mungu broke the deadlock on the half hour mark when Sony Sugar shot stopper Kevin Omondi bungled down Kepha Aswani from the back as the two of them went high to meet a cross from Brian Dayo.Just like he has done on three previous occasions already this season, goalkeeper Kigonya stepped forward to score the resultant spot kick.Sofapaka had duly gone ahead after dictating much of the tempo in the game, earning possession and passing the ball around the park well. Kigonya had seen less action on his end as Sony ended the opening half without a single shot on target.Baraza’s charges had their first effort at goal in the eighth minute when Dayo took a shot from distance after his side had built up play patiently, but the ball went over.New Sofapaka head coach John Baraza was well suited for the occasion on his first match in charge against Sony Sugar on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAswani had a great chance after 20 minutes when Willis Ouma’s cross from the right landed on his head inside the box, but the effort went over.After going ahead, Sony tried to surge in pressure to get back on level terms, but Sofapaka still had the chances. With 10 minutes remaining till halftime, Kevin Kimani saw his spectacular effort with a half volley from inside the box well collected by the keeper.On the other end, the pair of Yema Mwana and George Abege tried but in vain to get an effort on target.Sofapaka started the second half with the same tempo they had in the first and barely a minute in, Dayo came close with a shot from Kimani’s cut back but it was deflected for a corner.Sony Sugar’s David Simiyu vies for the ball with teh Sofapaka FC duo of Humphrey Okoti and Rodgers Aloro during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Ruaraka COmplex on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe hosts were handed a massive advantage eight minutes into the second half when Samuel Olare was shown a straight red card after elbowing Mousa Omar jostling for space in the wall.With the one man advantage, Sofapaka piled pressure on the visitors and they came close with Kimani’s shot from a Dayo pass brushing off a Sony leg for a corner while on the hour mark, Stephen Waruru’s left foot volley was saved by keeper Omondi.The sugar millers had a brilliant chance to gather a point especially with a man down when the ball fell graciously on David Simiyu’s path one on one with keeper Kigonya, but he took a rushed decision for a shot that went wide.They were almost punished seven minutes later but Kimani’s effort after a quick change of passes with Dayo inside the box went wide.Simiyu however made amends for his miss earlier on scoring from the penalty spot with 14 minutes left on the clock after a defensive mix up in the Sofapaka box ended up in Humphrey Okoti handling the ball.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Ballia (UP): Flood waters have entered the barracks of the district jail located near the River Ganga here, prompting authorities to shift 900 prisoners, a senior official said on Monday. Heavy rains have battered many areas of Uttar Pradesh and led to flooding in low-lying areas. Of the 900 prisoners, 500 are being shifted to Azamgarh Jail and remaining to Ambedkarnagar, Additional District Magistrate, Ballia, Ram Asrey said. The ADM said the jail is near the River Ganga which has been in spate and it is not possible to pump out water. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Rains have severely hit life in Baria tehsil area where an ashram in Keharpur village has been submerged while a population of one lakh in about 15 villages is totally affected, SDM Dushyant Kumar Maurya said. A release from the North-Eastern Railway said traffic on the Ballia-Chappra route has been hit after tracks were damaged and repair work was on in full swing. PRO, Mahesh Gupta, said rail tracks were damaged early on Sunday morning and the repair work is going on in full swing. About 20 trains on the Ballia-Chappra route have been cancelled while the route of 20 others has been changed, the PRO added.