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Football | Kenya

Francis Baraza @ SS com

Baraza takes positives from loss



Despite losing 2-1 to Sofapaka in the semi-finals of the Kenya Power Charity Cup on Saturday, Western Stima Coach Francis Baraza insists they have taken plenty of positives from the clash ahead of the 2013 Kenyan Premier League [KPL] season.

Dennis Okangi put the Power-men in front on the half hour mark with a thumping header but his celebrations were short-lived as Obadiah Tarumbwa levelled the scores, two minutes later.

A few minutes to the break, Titus Mulama capitalised on Stima’s defensive mistake to give Batoto Mungu the crucial win.

Speaking of the encounter, Baraza, who replaced Henry Omino early last month, said he is confident of turning fortunes at the Kakamega-based outfit.

“It was our first competitive match of the year and I have already identified the areas we need to work on before the season starts,” he said. “We have a strong squad and we only need to polish a few areas. I am confident the boys will give a real challenge in the league this season.”

Sofapaka went ahead to clinch the inaugural tournament, beating Gor Mahia 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the normal time. The one-day tourney was held at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

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