BY SAMSON MBII,NAIROBI,20TH OCT 2017-AFC Leopards are the new Gotv sheld champions for the 10th time after beating Kariobangi Sharks 2-0 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Friday .
Defender Salim Abdalla scored the opener goal in the first half from Duncan Otieno’s corner before youngster Vincent Oburu stabbed the second goal under heavy rainfall with nine minutes to stoppage time to give Leopards the ticket to the Caf Confederation Cup next year.
The mouth watering match however had to stop for almost ten minutes at the beginning of the second half after AFC Leopards stewards tried to forcefully eject two members of the Sharks backroom staff behind the Ingwe goal.
a section of the fans meanwhile chanted slogans against Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa and Harambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi and had to be pacified by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja who emerged from the VIP area donning a Leopards jersey.
After their poor performance in the race for the league title, GOtv shield cup was the only hope for Leopards, which will go along way in boosting their morale .
Coach Robert Matano was missing defender Robinson Kamura and had to tweak his back line by starting skipper Duncan Otieno in his place to partner Abdalla, with Lewis Wanami at right back and Dennis Sikhayi at left back.
Led by Aziz Okaka, Vincent Oburu and Ray Omondi, Ingwe started on a high and were making inroads into the Sharks half with ease from the opening whistle, but they squandered close to a dozen chances before the quarter hour mark.
In the 18th minute, a corner was floated into the area by Otieno on the right, and Abdalla rose highest to head home to send charged fans into a frenzy.
The 13-time league champions continued in their dominant ways throughout that half, as Sharks appeared distraught by the overwhelming home support and created little within that period.
Sharks’ first real chance came in the 23rd minute when Mathew Tayo Odongo dispatched a long range shot from outside the box which caught Gabriel Andika unawares, only for the ball to eventually sail narrowly off target.
On form striker Masoud Juma had his chance at the half hour mark when he managed to get himself into the Sharks half, but he failed to finish off with only Andika to beat. The Leopards goalkeeper did well to come out of his line to deny again as Sharks launches a series of onslaught before the break.