On Saturday October 7, all eyes will be at the Machakos County Stadium where Kariobangi Sharks host AFC Leopards in a league catch up match expected to kick off at 15:00.
The match is crucial for both teams for various reasons.
Confidence heading into the finals
As well known, Kariobangi Sharks and AFC Leopards will be facing off in the finals of this year's Gotv Shield tournament on Friday October 20 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. So this clash coming just thirteen days before the finals, both sides will be gunning for a win that would massively boost their confidence ahead of the showdown.
A win for Sharks on Saturday will infact double their self-belief, the Muluya coached side having dispatched Ingwe 2-0 in the first leg encounter at the Afraha Stadium.
Leopards on their part will also be seeking a victory as losing two consecutive times to Sharks would make them inferior and hard to believe in themselves in the finals of the Gotv Shield.
Even as the clash is widely seen as a antecedent of the Gotv Shield finals, the three points at stake have a major importance in the league table standings.
Leopards head coach Robert Matano has severally insisted on the need for the club to secure a top ten finish this season. Currently placed 12th on the log with 32 points, a win today might see the Cats move to 9th position assuming Bandari FC and SoNy Sugar fail to register wins in their respective matches. The win would also partially rest their fears of being relegated as they are presently only five points safe.
For Kariobangi Sharks who are 6th on the log, a win today might propel them to position four and therefore enhance their chances of a top three finish come the end of the season.
Both teams have of late been irresponsibly droppings points; Sharks having won only one of their last four games while Leopards boast of only one victory in their last five fixtures.
Sharks will however have to re-arrange their attacking power following the absence of striker Masoud Juma and Patillah Omotto, both of whom are away in Iraq with the national team. Ingwe on their part will have to do without the defensive duo of Dennis Sikhayi and Robinson Kamura who are also on international duty.
The first leg encounter ended 2-0 in favor of Kariobangi Sharks.