Tusker lift Shield
Brewers get Sh2 m and turn focus on Kenyan Premier League title
Tusker ended their long wait to win a major domestic cup competition as they pipped Ulinzi Stars 1-0 to win the GOtv Shield at Nyayo Stadium yesterday.
Allan Wanga scored the all important goal in the 32nd minute to lengthen Ulinzi’s barren run in the competition. For winning the competition, Tusker bagged Sh2 million while Ulinzi won half the amount.
Both sides named their strongest available sides with Ulinzi the first to get a scoring opportunity after Hashim Sempala fouled Enos Ochieng but John Makwata looped the ball over.
Chances were few and far between with Noah Wafula glancing Shafik Batambuze woefully wide. Osborne Monday then tried his luck from long range but James Saruni was equal to his effort. Enos then tested David Okello’s reflexes with a long range pile driver as clear cut openings dried up.
Out of the blue, Tusker got the lead when Wanga received the ball from Wafula and beat Saruni with low effort. Both sides made changes after the break, seeking to get ahead of each other with Danson Kago joining the fray for the brewers as Churchill Muloma replaced John Kago. Another goal was, however, not forthcoming as Tusker won the competition famously known as the Moi Golden Cup for the first time since 1993 and remained on course for a league and cup double.
National Super league sides, Kariobangi Sharks beat KCB 5-2 in the third place play-off. The bankers opened the scoring through Nicholas Kamau in the ninth minute.
Sharks responded as Rodgers Omondi scored the equaliser 10 minutes later. Sharks, however, killed off the 15 minutes into the second half. Matthew Odongo forced his way past Hamifu Kwizera and Bethuel Warambo before firing a shot from point blank range that Osano pushed away.
The rebound fell on Patilla Omoto’s path, who thumped the ball into the net. Eric Juma exchanged passes with Ibrahim Kitawi before unleashing a pile driver that Osano could do little to stop.
The tie was ended with fourth Sharks’ goal from dead ball specialist, Stephen Odhiambo in the 63rd minute. Asieche completed the rout minutes later but substitute Job Omuse cancelled it out with the bankers second goal. Sharks were rewarded with Sh750,000 while the bankers got Sh500,000.