Sofapaka received some beating from an unlikely opponent- league returnees Nairobi City Stars.

Batoto Ba Mungu scarily capitulated in the first half, much to the dismay of head coach Ken Odhiambo who could not save his side from second successive defeat.

Simba wa Nairobi were already flying three minutes into the FKF Premier League fixture at Nairobi’s Ruaraka Grounds as Peter Opiyo converted from the spot sending Sofapaka’s Aigba Moubarak the wrong way.

The 2009 Kenyan Premier League champions rallied for an equalizer and their efforts almost paid off in the 9th minute when Titus Achesa made a fine delivery into the box to find former Gor Mahia midfielder Lawrence Juma but City Stars custodian Steve Njunge was alert to avert the danger.

Sofapaka realized their goose was set for the afternoon menu when Davis Agesa doubled the hosts’ lead in the 16th minute with a simple tap in from a Rodgers Okumu low cross.

A chance for redemption showed up for Sofapaka on the half hour mark, the referee awarding them a penalty after Bolton Omwenga handled the ball in the area, but Juma missed the chance to half the deficit despite sending Njunge the wrong way.

Seven minutes later Omwenga was back to assist Stars’ third goal that was headed in by Abdallah Salim as the visitors lost their goalkeeper Agigba Moubarak to a red card in the penultimate stages of the first half following a dangerous challenge on Stars forward Nicholas Kipkirui.

In bid to save his side from a second successive defeat following their 2-1 loss at home to Gor Mahia last week, Odhiambo called onto his substitutes but they could not make amends, instead they just limited the damage.

Both sides finished the game with ten men after Sven Yidah was given matching orders for a second bookable offence in the 84th minute.

Sanjin Alagic’s City Stars who went into the game lying 13th dislodge the Elly Kalekwa-owned side from 10th place on 20 points, as Batoto Ba Mungu drop to 11th on 19 points.

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