SportPesa Shield: Holders Sharks Take On Elim, Giants Tusker Pull Out

Mar 07 - by Erick Ochieng for SportPesa News

Joint record holders, Gor and Leopards to take on minnows Kenpoly, Transfoc in the round of 32 as draw and launch of 2019 edition goes down in Nairobi

Football Kenya Federation chief executive, Robert Muthomi (left) watches on as SportPesa Chief Marketing Officer, Kelvin Twissa, pulls Kenpoly out of the pot to play Gor Mahia during the launch and draw of the 2019 FKF SportPesa Shield Cup tournament in Nairobi on March 7, 2019. PHOTO/SPN

  • Joint 10-time record cup winners, SPL titleholders Gor Mahia FC and arch rivals AFC Leopards SC are up against Kenpoly FC and Transfoc FC in that order
  • Earlier before the draw, Tusker who last won the Shield in their 2016 double-winning campaign declared they had pulled out of the cup to focus on wresting back the SPL crown
  • Elim Team Manager Boniface Oduor  said their aim is to win the tournament so they can represent Kenya in the Confederation Cup

  • The finals will be played on June 1 in Nairobi with the champions rewarded with KSh2 million prize money

NAIROBI, Kenya- SportPesa Shield holders, Kariobangi Sharks FC will launch their defence of the crown away to Elim FC on Trans Nzoia as four-time domestic champions, Tusker FC announced their withdrawal from the knockout competition on Thursday.

During the draw and launch of the 2019 edition in Nairobi, SportPesa Premier League (SPL) leaders, Bandari FC were handed a relatively easy home tie in the round of 32 when they welcome Kayo FC from Marsabit at the Mbaraki Stadium, Mombasa.

Joint 10-time record cup winners, SPL titleholders Gor Mahia FC and arch rivals AFC Leopards SC are up against Kenpoly FC and Transfoc FC in that order.

The winner of the 32-team tournament earns a direct ticket to represent Kenya in the CAF Confederations Cup

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Earlier before the draw, Tusker who last won the Shield in their 2016 double-winning campaign declared they had pulled out of the cup to focus on wresting back the SPL crown.

“It was not an easy decision to make but we want to help the team concentrate on the league. We have a target of winning the title and want to focus on that,” Daniel Aduda, the brewers' chairman was quoted on the club website.

Tusker are fifth in the league table with 25 points, seven adrift of Bandari and play Leopards on Saturday at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos in the next SPL clash.

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"We expect more upsets like last season. We urge teams to prepare well since the prize money in the Confed Cup has been increased," organisers, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) chief executive and general secretary Robert Muthomi said.

Elim Team Manager Boniface Oduor said their aim is to win the tournament so they can represent Kenya in the Confederation Cup.

“Sharks should expect a tough battle at Kwa Muthoni Grounds in Trans Nzoia. We will battle in the match like its our last day on earth. We will play this game like a final, we are ready to create history by dethroning the champions,” Oduor underlined. 

SportPesa Chief Marketing Officer, Kelvin Twissa makes a point during the launch of 2019 SportPesa Shield in Nairobi on March 7, 2019. PHOTO/SPN

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Sharks, who are also the 2019 SportPesa Cup champions, felled Sofapaka FC 3-2 in last years final held at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani to qualify for the Confederation Cup where they thrashed Arta Solar 7 of Djibouti both home and away before being edged out by Asante Kotoko FC of Ghana in the play-offs.

 “We look forward to an exciting competition as SportPesa is focused to grow grassroots talent,” SportPesa Chief Marketing Officer, Kelvin Twissa who graced the draw highlighted.

Muthomi said FKF will engage Ministry of Sports to ensure that the side to represent Kenya at the continental level will be supported well in their bid to conquer Africa.

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The Shield finals will be played on June 1 in Nairobi with the champions rewarded with KSh2 million prize money.

Full round of 32 Draw

1. Fortune Sacco vs  Wazito

2. Uprising vs Western Stima

3. Kenpoly vs Gor Mahia

4. Kayo FC vs Bandari

5. Congo Boys vs Kenya Police

6. Emmausians vs Mwatate United

7. Naivas vs Tusker

8. SS Asad vs Ulinzi Stars

9. Bungoma Super Stars vs Sofapaka

10. Transfoc vs AFC Leopards

11. Muranga Seal vs Kisumu All Stars

12. Elim FC vs Kariobangi Sharks

13. Trans Mara Sugar vs Bidco United

14. Dero FC vs FC Talanta

15. Vihiga Sportiff vs Ushuru

16. Sindo United vs KCB


Kariobangi Sharks FC players and staff celebrate with the 2018 SportPesa Shield trophy and KSh2m dummy cheque following their 3-2 victory over Sofapaka FC at the MISC, Kasarani on Saturday, October 20, 2018. PHOTO/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com