Leopards, Mathare, Sony through to GOTV Shield quarters

By nesta kizito
Sep 21, 2021
  • AFC Leopards fans at a past match. aFC beat Chemilil 1-0 on Saturday in GOTV shield tie.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

AFC Leopards got a measure of revenge with a 1-0 victory over Chemelil Sugar to sail into the quarter finals of the GOTV Shield on Saturday at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium.

The match was James Nandwa’s first game in charge of Leopards having been appointed early this week to replace Belgian Luc Eymael. Leopards were keen on ending their long standing failure to beat Chemelil Sugar in the wake of their 3-1 loss to the sugar millers in a league match last weekend at Mumias Sports Complex.

All the early chances fell on Leopards with Allan Wanga hitting the back of the net in the 20th minute but the goal was not awarded.

Paul Were was also a constant threat with his Chemelil markers struggling to contain him. On the stroke of half time, skipper Martin Imbalambala should have opened the scoresheet but somehow missed a sitter inside the box.

But the goal Ingwe had long sought after came in the 74th minute courtesy of evergreen midfielder Charles Okwemba. In matches played earlier on at City Stadium, Mathare United and Sony Sugar also booked their places in the last eight at the expense of Ulinzi Stars and Tusker.

Mathare United needed post-match penalties to edge out Ulinzi 8-7 after 90 minutes of play failed to produce any goals. Robert Mboya was Mathare’s hero blocking Ulinzi’s ninth spot kick that was taken by Amon Mwamburi.

Sudden death shoot out

Both teams converted their first five penalties to send the shoot to sudden death where Mathare’s Athman Matano and Stephen Ocholla of Ulinzi both missed their respective team’s seventh penalty kicks.

Kenneth Wendo, Osborne Monday, Dennis Nzomo, Vincent Okello and Daniel Mwaura, Lloyd Wahome, Edgar Ochieng and Robert Mboya were all on target for the Slum Boys while Ulinzi’s scorers were Kevin Simiyu, Sylus Shitote, Oscar Wamalwa, Mulinge Ndetto, Stephen Waruru , goalkeeper James Saruni and Evans Amwoka.

In the second match at the venue, Sony Sugar left it late to beat Tusker 1-0 in a match that produced very few scoring chances.

The match seemed headed for a barren draw but Samuel Onyango headed in Steve Biko’s 78th minute corner to guarantee the sugar millers passage to the last eight.

Tusker created a couple chances in the first fifteen minutes with towering skipper Joseph Shikokoti’s header off Luke Ochieng’s long throw in bouncing off the crossbar.

Moments later, Andrew Tololwa forced Sony goalkeeper Wycliffe Kasaya into a superb reflex save from point blank range.

A good part of the first and second half passed without any incident of note until Onyango struck after Tusker goalkeeper Boniface Onyango misjudged the flight of the ball to gift the sugar millers the match winning goal.

Tusker almost forced the match into penalty shoot out in stoppage time but Kasaya did well to tip over Moses Odhiambo’s long range effort.