AFC Leopards claimed the 2017 Gotv Shield tournament trophy after downing Kariobangi Sharks 2-0 in a match played on Friday October 20th at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
Ingwe, who had last won the trophy in 2013, showed clear intentions from the first whistle and Raymond Omondi almost gave them the lead in the third minute but his move was thwarted by an oncoming Jeff Oyiemba, who managed to get his body on the ball for a corner.
Masoud Juma sought to reply with an attack on the opposite end five minutes later but saw his effort go wide amid a strong challenge by keeper Gabriel Andika. The Harambee Stars striker was at it again moments later but was brought down by captain Duncan Otieno.
A well-orchestrated header by Salim Abdallah gave Ingwe the opener in the 19th minute, the defender capitalizing on his equal Duncan Otieno’s corner to fire the ball past Oyemba.
In the 25th minute, Otieno did well to preserve his side’s lead by clearing a ball that was headed into the net after keeper Gabriel Andika had come out of his line to stop the stubborn Masoud.
After just seconds into the second half, the center referee had to stop play for almost ten minutes following a scuffle that had ensued between stewards, with one of them causing drama with accusations that Ingwe had planted `something’ in their post to prevent their opponents from scoring.
He was however whisked away by security officials and the match resumed. Sharks coach then introduced Ochieng Ovela for Paul Kamau in a bid to force an equalizer as early as possible.
In the 65th minute, Pascal Ogweno almost had a nightmare of directing the ball into his own net after deflecting Vincent Oburu’s shot but was lucky to witness the ball going out for a corner.
Alexis Kitenge was then called onto the pitch by coach Robert Matano to replace an injured Ray Omondi.
With the rain pounding hard, Sharks were all out on attack but their chances failed to yield any fruits, with coach William Muluya being forced to intensify attacks by throwing in Edward Manoah for Elly Asieche.
The Nairobi based club however fell further behind in the 82nd minute at the expense of Oburu’s goal, the tournament top scorer taking advantage of a rebound from Oyemba who had punched back into play Aziz Okaka’s shot. With the ball coming perfectly on his way, Oburu did not hesitate to send a fiery shot into the top left corner that doubled his side’s lead.
Sharks were unable to find even a consolation goal despite eleven additional minutes and the stadium witnessed an eruption of screams from the Ingwe faithfuls on the sound of the final whistle.
AFC Leopards XI: Gabriel Andika, Dennis Shikayi, Lewis Wanami, Duncan Otieno, Salim Abdallah, Victor Majid, Aziz Okaka, Whyvonne Isuza (Michael Kibwage), Ray Omondi ( Alexis Kitenge), Musa Mudde, Vincent Oburu.
Subs: Ian Otieno, Ramadhan Yakubu, Samwel Ndung'u, Harun Nyakha, Andrew Tololwa.
Kariobangi Sharks Starting XI: Jeff Oyemba, Paul Kamau, Geofrey Shiveka, Pascal Ongweno, Michael Bodo,Patillah Omoto, Sven Yidah,Ellie Asieche Mathew Odongo, Masoud Juma, Duke Abuya (Ebrimma Sanneh)
Subs: Robert Mboya, Francis Manoah, Christopher Kimathi, Ebrimma Sanneh, Calvin Odongo,Ovella Ochieng