Muthomi says FKF Shield chance for youth to shine


Football Kenya Federation CEO Robert Muthomi gives his remarks during the launch of 2019 edition of ...
Football Kenya Federation CEO Robert Muthomi gives his remarks during the launch of 2019 edition of the FKF Shield knockout competition at a Nairobi hotel on March 07, 2019. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Football Kenya Federation (FKF) CEO Robert Muthomi said he expects the 2019 Shield competition to offer youth a chance to shine given the fixtures congestion facing clubs
  • Player fatigue is already eating into most clubs after FKF squeezed its schedule as it bids to switch its calendar to the August-May format as practised by European leagues

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) CEO Robert Muthomi said he expects the 2019 Shield competition to offer youth a chance to shine given the fixtures congestion facing clubs.

Player fatigue is already eating into most clubs after FKF squeezed its schedule as it bids to switch its calendar to the August-May format as practised by European leagues.

It is part of a directive by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to have all leagues on the continent run in synchrony with those in Europe but has left with a struggle in fighting off fatigue.

Four-time Shield winners Tusker FC announced they were pulling out of the domestic cup competition on Thursday to concentrate on their league assignments, highlighting the burden on clubs.

“Because it is a short season, and we understand the pressure that this tournament has put on the teams and their squads, we expect to see new players being given an opportunity to play and stake their claim at the big stage,” Muthomi said during Thursday’s launch.

A total of 32 teams drawn with those intending to take part in the knockout competition given until March 8 to confirm their participation with the Federation’s Competitions Department

The winner of the tournament gets an entry qualification to play in the Confederation Cup as well as walking away with a KSh2 million cash reward.

Kariobangi Sharks won the 2018 edition after staging a late comeback to beat Sofapaka 3-2 in the final played at the MISC Kasarani.

The round of 32 is set kick off from the 9th of March and the finals slated for 1st June.

Roundof  32

Kenya Police vs Congo Boys FC

Wazito FC vs Fortune Sacco

Western Stima vs Uprising FC

GorMahia vs Kenpoly fc

Bandari FC VS Kayo FC

Sofapaka vs Bungoma Superstars FC

AFC Leopards vs Transfoc FC

Kisumu All Stars vs Murangá Seal FC

Kariobangi Sharks vs Elim FC

Mwatate United FC vs Emmausians FC

*Tusker FC VS Naivas FC

Ulinzi Stars vs SS Assad FC

Bidco United vs Transmara Sugar FC

FC Talanta vs Dero FC

Ushuru FC vs Vihigasportiff FC

KCB FC vs Sindo United FC

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