Continental ticket at stake as Kenya Police face KCB in FKF Cup final

Continental ticket at stake as Kenya Police face KCB in FKF Cup final

Festus Chuma 08:32 - 29.06.2024

Kenya Police and KCB face off for a spot in the CAF Confederation Cup in the FKF Cup final Saturday.

The sole ticket to play in next season's CAF Confederation Cup will be fiercely contested this weekend at the Ulinzi Sports Complex where Kenya Police FC will square off against KCB FC in the FKF Cup final.

This crucial match, set to take place on Saturday at 2pm , promises to be a high-stakes battle as both teams aim to secure their place in continental football.

Kenya Police FC reached the finals under the guidance of head coach Salim Babu who is determined to lead his team to their first-ever appearance in the Confederation Cup.

The path to the final was not easy, as Police FC had to edge out AFC Leopards with a narrow 1-0 victory.

"My resolve remains the same as we are going full throttle for the silverware. We don’t intend to settle for anything less than that. We respect our opponents. They are a good side but they should prepare for a thorough hiding," Babu told reporters.

On the opposing side, KCB FC, led by coach Bernard Mwalala, is equally determined to triumph in the final and compensate for their otherwise mediocre season, which saw them finish in tenth place in the league standings.

Mwalala, who previously clinched the Cup with Bandari in 2019, is confident about replicating his past success.

"Initially, it's important to acknowledge that our league performance hasn't been up to par this season. We're dedicating our efforts to securing this Cup as a way to thank our sponsors. Following that, our attention will shift towards the Confederation competition. Right now, our primary focus is on making the most of these 90 minutes to clinch the title," he remarked.

Adding to the drama, KCB will be without key players for this crucial match.

Brian Ochieng and Derrick Otanga are sidelined due to suspensions incurred from accumulated yellow cards in earlier rounds.

However, they are bolstered by the return of goalkeeper Farook Shikhalo, who is expected to start in place of Gabrial Andika.

Meanwhile, center-back Haniff Wesonga, fresh from his stint with the national U23 team, is set to anchor the defense against the law enforcers.

The head-to-head record between the two teams since 2021 shows KCB with a slight upper hand, having secured one victory and four draws out of seven encounters.

The match not only offers a chance at continental glory but also carries significant financial incentives.

The winner of the final will receive a cash prize of Sh. 2 million along with the prestigious opportunity to represent Kenya in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Before the main event, the third-place playoff will see AFC Leopards face Kariobangi Sharks at 11 am, where the teams will vie for a prize of Sh700,000 and Sh500,000 respectively.

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