The semifinal of the FKF SportPesa Shield slated for this weekend at the Kenyatta Stadium Machakos will now be staged at the MISC Kasarani on Sunday 23rd September 2018.
Leopards were due to face Sofapaka in Machakos however, in a Communique yesterday, FKF confirmed that the match will be played at the Kasarani Stadium. The matvh will be live on free to air television Y254.
2017 runners-up Kariobangi Sharks will kick start the day against Ulinzi Stars starting 1 pm before paving way for defending champions AFC Leopards against Sofapaka at 3.15 pm.
AFC Leopards will be hoping to bounce back from the midweek defeat to Kariobangi Sharks in the Kenya Premier League and hope to reach the finals of the Shied Cup two years in a row.
Rodolfo Zapata charges sailed in to the cup semis after an easy 4-1 win over Police FC while Sofapaka saw off Tusker FC 2-1 to set up a clash with ingwe.
AFC Leopards registered a 2-1 win over Posta Rangers in a Kenyan Premier League fixture played at Kenyatta Stadium on September 15th, 2018
Brace hero Alex Orotomal put Leopards in front in the 14th minute when he rose high to head in after a fine cross from Brian Marita. Posta Rangers first real chance came in the 21st minute but skipper Jerry Santos failed to convert from close range.
It was until the 32nd minute that Postal Rangers levelled the matters from Gershon Likono who slotted past goal keeper Ezekiel Owade after a defensive lapse the Leopards defense.
The game went in to the break level with the visitors being dominant in the latter stages of the first half. In the second half Leopards were the better side and this was evident through Oburu’s 55th minute shot from outside the box which flew wide after Brian Marita beat Titus Achesa to deliver a cross that Oburu sent out.
The game looked like it was destined for a draw despite AFC Leopards dominance but Alex Orotomal grabbed his second in the 85th minute after hard work from the left flank firing a fierce shot from outside the box which the Postal Rangers shot stopper failed to deal with.
Leopards held on to win the game grabbing the maximum three points, the win ensures that Leopards cement third position on the log with 51 points from 30 rounds.
Rodolfo Zapata men will now embark on preparations for the next league match against Kariobangi Sharks on Tuesday 18th September before gearing up for the Shield Cup semifinal against Sofapaka FC 5 days later in Machakos.
AFC Leopards XI: Owade Ezekiel, Marita Brian, Lukooya Baker, Otieno Duncan, Kibwage Micheal, Tsuma Said, Isuzza Whyvonne (Mainge Yusuf.), Mukangula Eugene, Seda Edward (Mavisi Victor), Orotomal Alex, Oburu Vincent (Omondi Ray,)
Unused subs: Mukolwe Edwin, Abwao Marcus, Senaji Clyde, Majid Victor.
AFC Leopards booked their place in the semifinals of the Sportpesa Shield Cup after overcoming Nationwide side Kenya Police FC 4-1, in a match played on Saturday at the iconic Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.
Goals from Whyvonne Isuza, Ezekiel Odera, Eugene Mukangula and inform Brian Marita ensured Leopards remained on the course to defend the much coveted title.
The game started on a higher note with Leopards controlling proceedings and this was evident in 8th minute when Brian Marita's long range volley went close to opening the scoring. Seven minutes later ingwe found the opener through Whyvonne Isuza after a fine cross from Marita.
Ezekiel Odera back from a two match suspension slotted home the second goal in the 27th minute after a well chopped cross from Baker Lukooya, Eugene Mukangula then bagged the third goal a minute to the break with Marita providing the assist again.
In the second half Police FC came in the match a better side but Leopards defence proved too strong for them, Brian Marita who put a man of the match display in finally got on the score sheet with a well taken header, Isuza providing the assist this time.
Police however got the consolation goal in the 78th minute when Majid's failed clearance found its way in the back of the net, Leopards would have scored more but debutant Saad Musa missed from the spot kick after Seda was brought down in the box.
Leopards held on to win the game 4-1, a perfect performance that propelled Rodolfo Zapata men to the semi finals. They are likely to face Sofapaka or Tusker FC.
Starting X1: Owade Ezekiel (GK), Sikhayi Dennis (Okaka Aziz), Lukooya Baker, Kibwage Michael, Otieno Duncan, Tsuma Said (Seda Edward), Marita Brian, Majid Victor, Odera Ezekiel, Isuzza Whyvonne (Saad Musa), Mukangula Eugene.
Unused Subs: Adira Jairus, Oruchum Christopher, Abwao Marcus, Mainge Yusuf.