After a weak show in the first half of the season, Sofapaka have made massive changes to the team’s outlook after a month of shopping in the midseason break, and will in the second half of the 2016 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season have a team made up largely of veterans.
The 2009 league champions have signed Kenyan international Noah Abich, former Gor Mahia midfielders Moses Dube Odhiambo, Paul Odhiambo and Eric Ochieng while Jaffar Gichuki, formerly of Posta Rangers will also be listed among the team’s new players.
The team also invaded Police FC to sign George Wanjala and Edgar Waudo who played for Posta Rangers at some point.
Four new players come into the team from Uganda; Johnston Bagoole returns to the team after leaving at the end of the 2015 season and joins in with his three compatriots – goalkeeper Mathias Kigonyo from Bright Stars Soccer Academy, midfielder Isaac Mutanga from Express FC and Simon Okwil from Soanna FC.
A massive walkout at the team after the first leg saw only three players stay on – John Kelwish, Fred Kentille and skipper Wycliffe Opondo while four players have been promoted from the U20 team to the senior team.
The team will be kicking off its second leg campaign with a clash against Western Stima at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Saturday 2 July.