Shield semi rekindles KPL rivalry
It is all systems go as Kenya Premier League sides SoNy Sugar and Kariobangi Sharks prepare to face off in the semifinals of the GOtv Shield tournament on Sunday 24 September at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru County.
SoNy Sugar and Kariobangi Sharks have not faced off in the last six editions of this competition. They have however faced off twice in the league with Sharks winning the first leg staged in Machakos by a 2-0 margin while the second leg ended in a goalless draw.
Salim Babu will be hoping to guide the side to the second final cup in three years. He led the Millers to the Top 8 final where they eventually lost 2-1 to Gor Mahia FC. Their past runs in the Shield have been impressive even though they have not consistently appeared in the tournament.
In 2011, 2012 they did not make an appearance in the competition. They participating in the 2013 edition where they beat West Kenya, Tusker, Mathare United but failed to go past the semis, falling to Gor Mahia FC who finished second behind winners Leopards.
In 2014 and 2016 the Millers withdrew from the tournament. In 2015, SoNy made a return to the competition and reached the quarters. The side started their journey that season by beating Migori Talents 2-0, knocked out West Kenya 2-1. Nakumatt FC however eliminated them on penalty shootout after 1-1 draw.
In this year’s edition they thrashed SoNy 3-0, saw off Ulinzi Stars and Nzoia Sugar by a goal and beat Bandari 3-1 to reach the semifinals.
Sharks on the other hand thrashed Eldoret Youth 5-0 to book a date with SoNy Sugar. Their past matches saw them eliminate Sofapaka FC after a 3-1, hit Kenpoly 2-0. They had kicked off their campaign against Bungoma Superstars where they won 3-2.
In 2013 the side made it to the round of 16 after Vepgro beat them 9-8 in penalty shootouts. They made the quarters after beating GFE 105 and Muhoroni 2-0. The following two season saw them exit after a fall Nyakach and Police at the round of 32.
Last year’s run saw the side hit Nairobi Water 3-1, knocked out Palos FC 7-6 on penalty shootouts after a 2-2 draw, beat Modern Coast by a goal. William Muluya charges went on to eliminate Defending Champions Bandari on penalty shoot outs but their fine run was cut by Ulinzi who hit them five 4-1 at Afraha.
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