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.
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].
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.
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.