Gor Mahia, Sofapaka up against Premier League opposition in round of 32

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Gor Mahia vs Nairobi Water
Gor Mahia Captain Jacques Tuyisenge tries to mantain possesion under pressure by Nairobi Water's Godrick Juma. Gor will play Bandari in the round of 32
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Gor Mahia, Sofapaka, and Ulinzi Stars will host Bandari, Western Stima, and Sony Sugar respectively in the GoTV Shield round of 32 scheduled for this weekend, Saturday, 8 July and Sunday, 9 July

Gor Mahia will face the Dockers at the Thika sub-county Stadium on Sunday, the same venue the Green Army dispatched Nairobi Water FC in the Round of 64. Bandari edged out Kibera based Uweza in Machakos to go through

On Saturday, Sofapaka will face off with Western Stima. The latter narrowly edged out Division One side Transfoc in the round of 64 and will be taking on a formidable Sofapaka that recruited heavily in the June transfer window

Tusker

Defending champions Tusker will also be in action against Palos at the Kinoru Stadium in Meru, while AFC Leopards will host National Super League high flyers Nairobi Stima at the Mumias Sports Complex

A total of 116 goals were scored in open play in the round of 64, with AFC Leopards scoring the most. Ingwe brushed aside lower tier side Dero FC 15-1 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu, the biggest score line in this year’s edition. Sofapaka and Nakumatt came second and third respectively in terms of most goals scored. Sofapaka beat Silver Bullets 9-1 while Nakumatt dispatched Bigot FC 8-2

Three matches had to be decided via post-match penalties where Zetech University, Rainforest, and Balaji got through at the expense of Tandaza FC, Agro Chemicals, and Coast Stima. The latter has however been reinstated to the competition as Balaji fielded an ineligible player in the match

Top Scorers

AFC Leopard’s Vincent Oburu leads the scorers’ chart. The youngster was on fire in the match against Dero FC, scoring five. He is closely followed by teammate Whyvonne Isuza, Sofapaka’s Umaru Kasumba, Vihiga United’s Christopher Masinza and Nakumatt’s Ronald Musana, all with four goals apiece

Two players will not feature for their respective clubs in the round of 64 through suspension. Bandari’s Andrew Waiswa and Ushuru’s Benson Amianda were given their marching orders last time out and will therefore not be eligible for selection

A kshs 2 Million prize is at stake for the winner of the tournament, while the runners-up, second runners-up and fourth placed team will take home kshs 1 Million, 750, 000 and 500,000 respectively

Click here to view the Round of 32 Fixtures


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