AFC Leopards claw Kariobangi Sharks to finish third in FKF Cup

AFC Leopards claw Kariobangi Sharks to finish third in FKF Cup

Festus Chuma 13:00 - 29.06.2024

Both teams needed a win to at least get a consolation prize of Sh750, 000 after falling in the semi-finals.

AFC Leopards have finished in third place in the FKF Cup after beating Kariobangi Sharks 2-0 in an early kickoff match at Ulinzi Sports Complex on Saturday.

Leopards were eliminated from the competition by Kenya Police while Sharks lost to KCB in the second semi-final.

Sharks dominated proceedings right from the off and they had no trouble in creating goal-scoring chances.

However, putting them away proved far more problematic, with the 2018 champions missing a flurry of opportunities.

John Mark Makwatta was particularly guilty, missing a free header in the second minute and a glaring chance right in front of goal, while Victor Ngume also sent a shot off the top of the crossbar when he should have at least tested the goalkeeper.

Leopards took the lead in the 15th minute when Victor Omune won the ball outside the box before sending a thunderous shot deflected into the back of the net by Sharks defender Timothy Ekhavi.

Sharks continued to attack and to search for an equalizer, but Muchesia was well alert at the back.

The Slum Boys were sloppy in trying to clear their lines and Randy Bakari got up highest at the far post to head home from Brian Wanyama’s teasing cross.

Two minutes later, Kariobangi Sharks were awarded a penalty in injury time when Ken Odhiambo tripped up Makwatta, but the striker missed the spot-kick.

Ingwe eased off in the remainder of the first half and allowed Sharks to see more of the ball, though the William Muluya's charges offered little in the way of penetration and goalkeeper Maxwell Muchesia was left mostly untested.

The score remained 2-0 in favor of the home side to the halftime interval.

Leopards continued to dominate after the restart and were awarded a penalty in the 57th minute but Arthur Gitego's spot-kick hit the post.

Minutes later, AFC Leopards were compelled to substitute Randy Bakari who suffered a head injury with Gideon Were while Ronald Sichenje came on for Jaffar Owiti.

Biron Otieno, who was having a good game, played a dangerous cross into the box after the hour-mark but was alert and he made a decent save.

With time running out, the Sharks did threaten and they were awarded when Keith Embali nodded in Fredrick Alushula's cross to make it 2-1.

Brian Yakhama was introduced by Leopards coach Thomas Trucha in the closing stages of the game as Ingwe looked to extend their lead.

However, Leopards stood firm at the back and ultimately, they emerged 2-0 winners over Kariobangi Sharks.

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