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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.

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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.

 

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AFC Leopards suffered a 2-0 loss in the hands of arch-rivals Gor Mahia in the second leg of the Kenya Premier League match played on Saturday 25th at the MISC Kasarani.

Leopards missed a number of key faces in the fixture with Marvin Nabwire, Jaffrey Owiti, Robinson Kamura, Dennis Sikhayi, Abdalla Shittu and Moses Mburu through injury.

Gor who only needed a draw to clinch the title started strong and came close on the quarter hour mark when Cersidy Okeyo’s freekick landed on Bernard Ondiek at the back post but his header was weak, straight into keeper Ezekiel Owade’s arms.

Leopards almost got into the lead after 27 minutes when Wesley Onguso’s defensive header almost landed into his own net as he tried to clear out a cross, but the ball went over the bar.

Four minutes later, Gor broke the deadlock, Omondi hitting the back of the net with a low shot from the edge of the box. The level of happiness should have gone same in the 37th minute, but AFC missed a great chance with Isaac Oduro’s freekick from a good scoring position hitting the wall.

Two minutes late Gor won the ball in midfield though it appeared as a foul on Baker Lukooya and Karim Nizigiyimana spread it wide on the other end to Omondi who cut into the box and sliced a pass back to Ondiek beating Owade one on one.

Almost at the break, AFC had a chance to draw back level from the penalty spot after Charles Momanyi handled inside the box but midfielder Whyvonne Isuza struck wide despite sending keeper Fredrick Odhiambo the wrong way.

In the second half, AFC came strongly with head coach Rodolfo Zapata making a double change bringing on Vincent Oburu and Eugene Mukangula for Baker Lukooya and Edward Seda.

Four minutes from the restart, Mukangula swung in a  cross after skipping away from Wesley Onguso on the left, but Isuza’s effort on the volley went wide.

Alex Orotomal had two shots inside the box, but both shots were saved by keeper Odhiambo.

Gor Mahia held on to win the match hence clinching the title with six games to spare.

Leopards will now look to occupy position two in the log and they next face Wazito FC on August 29th in Machakos.

Starting XI: Ezekiel Owade (GK), Yusuf Mainge, Mike Kibwage, Duncan Otieno (CPT), Isaac Oduro, Brian Marita, Said Tsuma, Ezekiel Seda, Whyvonne Isuza, Baker Lukooya and Alex Orotomal. 

Subs: Jairus Adira (GK), Christopher Oruchum, Aziz Okaka, Victor Majid, Vincent Oburu, Victor Omondi and Eugene Mukangula. 

 

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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.

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AFC Leopards will on this Saturday 25th, August 2018 clash with arch-rivals Gor Mahia in a tense Sportpesa Premier League match at the MISC Kasarani.
The match which is the most anticipated by Kenyans fans will be important to either side as Leopards will be looking to cementing the second spot on the KPL log while Gor Mahia are a point a way from being the league champions.
 
The two clubs first met in May 5th 1968 and this will mark the 85th meeting between the side with AFC Leopards having enjoyed most wins, 28 in league encounters.
Gor Mahia are fresh from registering a 3-0 win over Sofapaka, a match that they rested most of their players. AFC Leopards on the other hand upped their preparation with a midweek friendly at Camp Toyoyo against GSU, a match they triumphed 13-1.
 
The victory should serve as a morale booster as Rodolfo Zapata charges look to overpower Gor Mahia at the weekend.
Leopards may miss a number of key players with Robinson Kamura, Marvin Nabwire, nursing injuries. Whyvonne Isuza however is expected back after serving a two match suspension.
The match will kick off at 1600hrs. Tickets will go for Ksh200 regular and Ksh500 VIP available on match day.

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VENUE: AFRAHA STADIUM
DATE: 30/09/2018

 

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Previous Matches (KPL)

25-08-2018 16:00
 
AFC Leopards 0 : 2 Gor-Mahia
18-08-2018 16:00
 
AFC Leopards 2 : 0 Thika United
12-08-2018 16:00
 
Nakumatt FC 2 : 4 AFC Leopards