AFC Leopards set to kick off FKF SportPesa Shield Campaign against Shabana

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AFC Leopards vs Kariobangi Sharks
Action in the final match of the 2017 FKF Cup pitting AFC Leopards against Kariobangi Sharks at the MISC Kasarani
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The 2018 FKF Cup is set to kick off this weekend with 31 matches lined up between June 1, and June 3, 2018, across different venues.

This year’s edition, sponsored by leading online betting firm SportPesa, will see the winner pocket Ksh 2 Million, with the runners-up taking home Ksh 1 Million. The third and fourth placed teams will get Ksh 750,000 and Ksh 500,000 respectively.

Defending Champions AFC Leopards will kick off their campaign against FKF Division One League side Shabana on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

Losing finalists Kariobangi Sharks, meanwhile, will be in action on Friday against Nanyuki Youth at the Nanyuki Stadium.

Gor Mahia got the tourney underway with a 5-1 win over FKF Division One League side SS Assad. The match, which had earlier been slated for June 3, 2018, was played on Sunday, May 27, 2018, at the Mbaraki Sports Club.

Friday Fixtures

  1. Friend Zone vs Naivas (Camp Toyoyo, 4 pm)
  2. Nanyuki Youth vs Kariobangi Sharks (Nanyuki Stadium, 3 pm)
  3. Nakuru West Combined vs Kenya Police (ASK Show Grounds, 1 pm)
  4. M.K.U Nakuru vs Kisumu All Stars (ASK Show Grounds, 3.15 pm)
  5. Transmara Sugar vs Posta Rangers (Enoosaen Grounds, 1 pm)

17 matches will be played on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

AFC Leopards will kick-start their title defence against Shabana at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu starting at 3 pm.

Sony Sugar, who finished third in the 2017 edition, will be up against Rainforest at the Karuturi Grounds in Naivasha. The latter bowed out at the round of 32 stage in the 2017 edition at the hands of Bidco United and will be hoping to make a good account of themselves.

Vihiga United, meanwhile, will be at the Kericho Green Stadium to face Nyamira All-Stars. Vihiga had a good run in the 2017 edition, edging out Tusker in the quarterfinals before falling to AFC Leopards in the semifinals played in Nakuru.

Two matches will be played at Camp Toyoyo. KenPoly will host Savannah Cement at 10 pm before Nairobi Water face off with Wazito FC in the second match, set to kick off at 12 pm.

Saturday Fixtures

  1. Egerton University vs Western Stima (Egerton Uni. Grounds, 2 pm)
  2. Nanyuki Allstars vs KCB (Nanyuki Stadium, 3 pm)
  3. Nunguni Yulu vs Ushuru (UNOA Sports Ground, 3 pm)
  4. Berlin vs Bandari (Garissa TTC Grounds, 3 pm)
  5. Emmausians vs Leysa (Mbaraki Sports Club, 3 pm)
  6. Taita Taveta All-Stars vs Tusker (Taita Taveta University)
  7. Shabana vs AFC Leopards (Moi Stadium, 3 pm)
  8. Baba Dogo United vs Equity Bank (Baba Dogo Grounds, 2 pm)
  9. Kenpoly vs Savannah Cement (Camp Toyoyo, 10 am)
  10. Nairobi Water vs Wazito (Camp Toyoyo, 12 pm)
  11. Vegpro vs K.S.G (Karuturi Grounds, 1 pm)
  12. Rainforest vs Sony Sugar (Karuturi Grounds, 3.15 pm)
  13. Nyamira All-Stars vs Vihiga United (Green Stadium, Kericho, 3 pm)
  14. Bungoma Super Stars vs ASEC (Sudi Stadium, 3 pm)
  15. Tandaza vs Zetech University (Kabete Campus, 3 pm)
  16. Transfoc vs Eldoret Youth (Kenyatta Stadium, Kitale, 1 pm)
  17. Transmillan vs Ulinzi Stars (Kenyatta Stadium, Kitale, 3.15 pm)

Eight matches will close the round of 64 action on Sunday, June 3, 2018, with two slated for the Camp Toyoyo Grounds.

Balaji FC will face off with Modern Coast Rangers at 1 pm before Sofapaka faces Re-Union FC at 3.15 pm.

The Bukhungu Stadium will also host a doubleheader, pitting Riverplate against Nakuru All-Stars and thereafter Kabras United against Bidco United.

Sunday Fixtures

  1. Kisumu Hot Stars vs Raiply (Moi Stadium Kisumu, 1 pm)
  2. Dero vs Nzoia Sugar (Moi Stadium Kisumu, 3.15 pm)
  3. Riverplate vs Nakuru All-Stars (Bukhungu Stadium, 1 pm)
  4. Kabras United vs Bidco United (Bukhungu Stadium, 3.15 pm)
  5. Fortune Sacco vs Mwatate United (Mikinduri Grounds, 3 pm)
  6. Ligi Ndogo vs Talanta (Hope Center, 3 pm)
  7. Balaji vs Modern Coast Rangers (Camp Toyoyo, 1 pm)
  8. Reunion vs Sofapaka (Camp Toyoyo, 3.15 pm)