AFC Leopards set to face Kariobangi Sharks in 2017 GOtv Shield final

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    Kariobangi Sharks is set to take on AFC Leopards in the final of the 2017 GOtv Shield Tournament slated for Friday, October 20, 2017, at the MISC Kasarani.

    The two sides have met twice in the league this season. Sharks edged out AFC Leopards 2-0 in the first leg match played in Nakuru before playing out a barren draw in the second leg in Machakos.

    Sharks dispatched Sony Sugar 2-0 while AFC Leopards got a narrow 1-0 win over Vihiga United in the semifinals played on September 24, 2017, at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.

    AFC Leopards vs Vihiga United
    Vihiga United midfielder Martin Imbalambala tackles AFC Leopards forward Vincent Oburu as Musa Mudde provides support

    2013 GOtv Shield Champions

    AFC Leopards last won the competition in 2013, edging out Gor Mahia 1-0 in the final played at the Nyayo National Stadium. Peter Opiyo scored the lone goal.

    Kariobangi Sharks best run in the competition is a third-place finish in the 2016 edition. Sharks edged out KCB 5-2 in the playoff after being dumped out in the semifinal by eventual runners-up Ulinzi Stars.

    The final is set to kick off at 2 pm. Earlier on at the same venue, Sony Sugar will be up against Vihiga United in the third-place playoff scheduled to kick off at 12 pm.

    AFC Leopards

    2013 Champions AFC Leopards started off their campaign on a high, brushing aside lower tier side Dero FC 15-1 in Kisumu. Forward Vincent Oburu scored five goals in the match

    AFC Leopards then edged out Nairobi Stima 2-0 in the round of 32 staged at the Mumias Sports Complex. Aziz Okaka and Joshua Mawira were on target for Leopards.

    Bidco United came calling in the round of 16 played at the Thika sub-county Stadium. A goal apiece by Samuel Ndung’u and Keziron Kizito saw AFC through to the quarters. David Juma scored a late consolation for Bidco, the match ending 2-1.

    Leopards then whitewashed Wazito FC 7-1 in the quarters played at the Nyayo National Stadium. Alexis Kitenge scored an early brace before Marcellus Ingotsi, Mike Kibwage and Samuel Ndung’u also added their names to the scoresheet.

    AFC Leopards vs Wazito
    Wazito’s Bob Mugalia keeps the ball away from AFC Leopards’ Dennis Sikhayi

    The win set up a semi-final date with Vihiga United in Nakuru. The NSL side held AFC Leopards for the better part of the match but would fall to an 80th-minute goal from the spot by Alexis Kitenge

    Kariobangi Sharks

    Sharks first match in the 2017 edition was a 3-2 win over Bungoma Superstars in Kitale. Mike Misigo, Sanneh Ebrimmah, and Wycliffe Otieno were on target for Sharks. The team would then edge out Kenpoly 2-0 in the round of 32 played in Machakos courtesy of a goal apiece by Sanneh Ebrimah and Steven Odhiambo.

    Sofapaka was up next for the Sharks in the round of 16 staged at the Nyayo National Stadium. Paul Kamau opened the scoring before Masud Juma added a brace to see Sharks through to the quarters. Umaru Kasumba scored a late consolation, the match ending 3-1.

    Kariobangi Sharks vs Sofapaka
    Duke Abuya in action against Hillary Echesa in the round of 16

    In the Quarterfinals played at the Nyayo National Stadium, Kariobangi Sharks brushed aside Division One Zone B side Eldoret Youth 5-0. A brace by Masud Juma and a goal apiece by Sanneh Ebrimah, Sven Yidah, and Duke Abuya did the job for Sharks

    At the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, Sharks edged out Sony Sugar 2-0 in the semifinal. Masud Juma scored a brace to set up a final date with nine-time Champions AFC Leopards

    Top Scorers

    Masud Juma
    Masud Juma wheels away in celebration after his opener against Sony Sugar in the semis

    Masud Juma and Vincent Oburu are in line for the top scorer’s prize, having both scored five goals apiece. Both players have a chance to nick the prize when their respective teams face off in the final.

    Also in line for the prize is Sofapaka forward Umaru Kasumba with five goals to his name. Alexis Kitenge (AFC Leopards), Christopher Masinza (Vihiga United), Whyvonne Isuza (AFC Leopards), Marcellus Ingotsi (AFC Leopards), Ronald Musana (Nakumatt) have scored four goals apiece

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