The 4th of January 2020 will see the Sharks grace the field for the first league game of the new decade. The New Year will bring a familiar foe in Sofapaka FC, a side that the Sharks have played the most number of times since earning promotion to the top flight league some four years ago as they have been two cup fixtures in between six league meetings.
The six have been edgy fixtures mostly decided with fine margins as four of them have ended in draws while each side has one win. Notably, three of the four draws have been goalless draws.
The goalless draws came in the first three consecutive meetings between the two sides played on 20th May 2017, 16th September 2017, and 10th March 2018.
It was on 25th August 2018 that Sharks broke the drawing streak after Sydney Lokale bagged the winner in a narrow 1-0 win away at Narok Stadium. Sofapaka returned the favor in the next fixture which was played last season as Cliff Kasuti and Umaru Kasumba netted a goal apiece to help them ran away with a 2-0 at Machakos Stadium on 3rd February 2019.
The last time they met was on 18th April 2019 and it ended in 1-1 draw. Sharks looked set for a win after holding on to a George Abege 30th minute strike for better part of the game but Umaru Kasumba broke their hearts with an 89th minute strike.
This fixture will be a crucial one for the Sharks as they look to put their rough patch of form behind them and start the New Year on a positive note.
Sofapaka comes into the match on the back of picking 4 wins in their last 5 games which places them at position 8 on the log with 21 points, 12 more than the Sharks who sit at 15th position.