GoTV Shield Review: Shootout galore in round 32; Gor, Ulinzi dumped out

GoTV Shield Review: Shootout galore in round 32; Gor, Ulinzi dumped out

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The round of 32 matches of the 2017 GoTV Shield tournament was played over the weekend, Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, 2017, with five matches having to be decided via post-match penalties. It was also an upsetting weekend for big names Gor Mahia and Ulinzi Stars, who were dumped out of the tourney

Defending champions Tusker edged out NSL side Palos FC 1-0 at the Kinoru Stadium in Meru to set up a round of 16 date with Thika sub-county side Butterfly FC. Jackson Macharia scored The Brewers lone goal in the first half. Butterfly got easy passage to the round of 16 after their opponents, Mwatate United, failed to turn up for the match

2013 runners-up Gor Mahia and last year’s runners-up Ulinzi Stars were the biggest casualties of the weekend, bowing out of the tourney at the hands of Bandari and Sony Sugar respectively

Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia was trailing to a second half goal by Bandari new signing Field Cosmas, but The Green Army managed an equalizer through their latest acquisition Boniface Omondi. Bandari then won the shootout to set up a date with Nakumatt, who had edged out Modern Coast Rangers on post-match penalties earlier on Saturday

Ulinzi Stars

Ulinzi Stars, meanwhile, fell to Sony Sugar at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. Amos Asembeka gave Sony a 1-0 advantage from the spot early in the match, a lead The Millers held onto until the final whistle. Sony Sugar will now face Nzoia Sugar, who dispatched Division 1 Zone A Side Coast Stima on post-match penalties at the KPA Mbaraki Sports Club

Struggling Premier League Side Western Stima were also dumped out at the hands of Sofapaka at the Thika sub-county Stadium. Returning veteran midfielder Hillary Echesa struck the decisive goal at the half hour mark to send the power men packing

Sofapaka will be up against Kariobangi Sharks in the round of 16. Sharks eased past Nairobi Regional League side Kenpoly FC courtesy of a first-half goal by Sanneh Ebrimah and an exquisite freekick in the second half by Stephen Odhiambo

AFC Leopards

AFC Leopards also dispatched on form NSL side Nairobi Stima at the Mumias Sports Complex. New signing Aziz Okaka and defender Joshua Mawira were on the scoresheet for Ingwe. Kakamega Homeboyz had earlier on, at the same venue, knocked out Division 2 side Zetech University. Francis Nambute scored Homeboyz’s lone goal

Ingwe will now face off with Bidco United, who eased past Rainforest FC 2-0 at the Thika sub-county Stadium. Homeboyz, on the other hand, will play Vihiga United in the round of 16

It was a battle of NSL sides on Sunday at the Camp Toyoyo grounds pitting Wazito against KCB and Ushuru against Vihiga United. Both matches had to be decided via spot kicks, with Vihiga United and Wazito emerging victors. Wazito will now face fellow NSL side GFE 105 in the round of 15

Full Results

Zetech University 0-1 Kakamega Homeboyz

AFC Leopards 2-0 Nairobi Stima

Mwatate United 0-2 Butterfly

Kenpoly 0-2 Kariobangi Sharks

Nakumatt 0(8)-0(7) Modern Coast Rangers

Ulinzi Stars 0-1 Sony Sugar

Karatina Homeboyz 1-2 GFE 105

Sofapaka 1-0 Western Stima

Young Divers 0-2 Eldoret Youth

Coast Stima 0(4)-0(5) Nzoia United

Wazito 1(4)-1(3) KCB

Ushuru 0(2)-0(4) Vihiga United

Bidco United 2-0 Rainforest

Gor Mahia 1(5)-1(6) Bandari

Taqwa 1-2 Savannah Cement

Tusker 1-0 Palos

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