GOtv Shield: Leopards, Sharks enter final

Former glamour side AFC Leopards and rising Kariobangi Sharks stormed the final of the GOtv Shield on Sunday at Afraha Stadium after wrapping up their semi-final duels in regulation time.

Leopards beat lower tier side Vihiga United 1-0 while Sharks dispatched Sony Sugar 2-0.

Ingwe, 13-time Kenyan Premier League champions, left it late breaking the deadlock in the 82nd minute through productive Burundian striker Alex Kitenge via a penalty kick.

Kitenge had obliged with the spot kick after Edwin Mukoya had handled the ball inside the penalty area.

Defender Bernard Ochieng accounted for Vihiga’s best chance in the 38th minute when he got on the end of a free kick delivered by Clyde Senaji, only to send the ball flying over the bar.

“We are thinking of the trophy, not the opponent. That is how champions think. We have come this far because we are worthy of winning the competition,” AFC Leopards coach Robert Matano said.

League debutants Sharks entered their first cup final thanks to a brace by – who else? - striker Masoud Juma.

The former Bandari striker shook the net first in the 30th minute and again late in the second half after being put through by Paul Kamau.

"The boys played according to instructions and I am happy we have qualified for the final of this tournament for the first time. Masoud is clearly enjoying himself and today you saw him in action. He is a special player,” said Sharks coach William Muluya.

Winner of the tournament will earn the right to represent Kenya in next year’s Confederation Cup and also pocket Sh2 million in prize money.


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