Promotion Playoff:Sofapaka Secures Crucial Victory Over Naivas FC

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• First leg of the 2023/24 FKFPL promotion playoff

• Jacob Onyango late winner

• Away goals rule counts in second half

• #UgSportsNow

In a riveting encounter at the Police Sacco Stadium on July 6, 2024, Sofapaka FC emerged victorious over Naivas FC with a narrow 1-0 win in the first leg of the 2023/24 FKFPL promotion playoff. The game, which had fans on the edge of their seats throughout, saw both teams displaying resilience and determination as they battled for a coveted spot in the top-tier league.

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The first half of the match unfolded cautiously, with both Sofapaka and Naivas creating opportunities while maintaining a solid defensive stance to prevent conceding any goals. Despite the efforts from both sides, the first 45 minutes concluded in a stalemate, leaving the scoreline level at 0-0.

Last minute lone winning goal

As the second half commenced, the intensity of the game heightened, with both teams pushing forward in search of a breakthrough. However, it was not until the dying moments of the game, with just one minute left on the clock, that Sofapaka’s Jacob Onyango found the back of the net, delivering a crucial goal that ultimately secured the victory for his team.

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The lone goal from Onyango proved to be the decider in a closely contested match, giving Sofapaka a vital advantage as they head into the second leg of the playoff. The upcoming clash between the two sides is scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 14, 2024, at Dandora Stadium, where Naivas will be eager to overturn the deficit and secure a spot in the prestigious FKFPL.

Second round – What happens in case the game aggregate ends in a draw

In the event that the aggregate score remains tied after regular time in the second leg, the away goals rule will come into play, with the team scoring more goals on the opponent’s turf being declared the winner. However, if both teams are even on aggregate and away goals, the match will proceed to a penalty shootout, where nerves of steel will determine the ultimate victor.

The battle for supremacy

Sofapaka, an established team in the FKFPL, will be fighting tooth and nail to maintain their top-tier status for the upcoming season. On the other hand, Naivas FC, aiming for their maiden appearance in the FKFPL, will be fueled by the desire to create history by securing promotion to the elite league.

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As the anticipation builds for the crucial second leg showdown between Sofapaka and Naivas, football enthusiasts can expect a thrilling encounter full of drama, tension, and moments of brilliance as both teams vie for glory and the opportunity to compete at the highest level of Kenyan football.

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