GOtv Shield: History beckons for AFC Leopards as Gor Mahia retains honours

AFC Leopards will be seeking to make it to the books of history as the first team to win the GOtv Shield title twice since its rebranding when they face Kariobangi Sharks in the finals of the annual tournament on Friday 20 October at the Kasarani Stadium.

Ingwe first won the inaugural title in 2013 in the most remarkable way they would have wished for by beating arch rivals Gor Mahia by a solitary goal courtesy of veteran midfielder Peter Pinches Opiyo. They win subsequently denied K’ogalo a double that season leaving them to contend with the KPL title alone.

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With the win, AFC Leopards earned a place in the list of the CAF Confederations Cup contenders for the continental honors but that later proved to be a pipe dream after elimination by Supersport in the first round on a 4-2 aggregate score.

This will be the fifth time that the tournament will be taking place since the rebranding from the FKF Cup in 2013 when it received sponsorship from the paytv company and both AFC Leopards and Kariobangi Sharks have taken part since.

Sofapaka won the 2014 edition of the tournament after seeing off Posta Rangers 2-1 at the Afraha Stadium. Enock Agwanda and Clifton Miheso netted for Sofapaka while Pascal Ochieng’ netted for Posta making it the third time for Batoto ba Mungu to clinch the title after 2007 [Presidents Cup] and 2010 [FKL Cup].

GOtv Shield 2014 entire results

Coast based KPL side Bandari FC then won the coveted title in 2015 after beating fellow finalists and now KPL side Nakumatt 4-2. Anthony Kimani, Musa Mudde, George Abege and Masoud Juma netted for the champions while Tyron Sisia and Martin Imbalambala netted for Nakumatt in the match.

Nakumatt had eliminated KPL giants Gor Mahia in the semifinals to reach the final while this was the first ever title win for Bandari in the tournament.

Gotv Shield 2015 entire results

Tusker FC snatched a double during the 2016 season; starting off with their Shield win against KPL military side Ulinzi Stars at the Nyayo Stadium courtesy of an Allan Wanga blockbuster on 20 October.

The Brewers had won the cup before din 1975 then known as the FKF Cup of Kenya with their 2016 win capping their successful calendar of events.

GOtv Shield 2016 entire results

The winners of the tournament have represented the country at the continental stage but the results have been wanting with only Sofapaka attempting to come close in 2011 but their hopes were dashed after losing to Club Africain of Tunisia in the last round – just a heartbeat away from the group stages.

Branded giant killers then, Sofapaka bowed out on Sunday despite rallying to defeat the Tunisian 3-1 in Nairobi but fell on a 4-3 aggregate score. Dodo Kayombo, John Barasa and John Onami scored during the match.

Gor Mahia is the most successful club in the FKF Cup having bagged 10 titles the latest being in the 2012 when the club retained it beating Sofapaka 3-0 in final in a repeat of the 2011 final when they beat them by a solitary goal.

The 2017 edition saw participating teams grouped into two zones, Zone A and Zone B, to ease in logistical costs. The tournament has over the years experienced significant withdrawals from teams after the financial cost becomes unbearable.

The tournament’s aim however remains to give all teams an opportunity to face off and display their prowess against perceived bigwigs or minnows with a number of surprises being recorded over the years, with the end target of representing the country at the continental stage.

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