Sharks edge Mbao to set up Bandari showdown


Kariobangi Sharks FC goalkeeper John Oyemba is congratulated by teammates following their 5-6 Super Cup ...
Kariobangi Sharks FC goalkeeper John Oyemba is congratulated by teammates following their 5-6 Super Cup shootout victory over Mbao FC in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. (PHOTO/Kariobangi Sharks Twitter/Courtesy)

In Summary

  • Kariobangi Sharks FC set up all-Kenyan Super Cup final against Bandari FC after emerging 5-6 victors over Mbao FC in a nerve-wracking penalty shootout on Friday in Dar es Salaam
  • Mbao, the overwhelming underdogs who knocked out holders Gor Mahia FC in the quarter-finals, were looking to pull off another giant-slaying act on home soil after pushing Sharks all the way but fell just short

Kariobangi Sharks FC set up all-Kenyan Super Cup final against Bandari FC after emerging 5-6 victors over Mbao FC in a nerve-wracking penalty shootout on Friday in Dar es Salaam.

Mbao, the overwhelming underdogs who knocked out holders Gor Mahia FC in the quarter-finals, were looking to pull off another giant-slaying act on home soil after pushing Sharks all the way but fell just short.

For the second time in three years, the eight-team exhibition Cup tournament will feature an all-Kenyan final after Gor and AFC Leopards contested for the title during 2017’s inaugural event at the Tanzanian commercial capital.

With both teams deadlocked at 0-0 after full time, the clash went to penalties and it was captain Patilah Omoto who took on the first responsibility for the Sharks.

Goalkeeper Mnata Metacha guessed the right way and pulled a spectacular save to deny Omoto and hand his side the advantage but Hamim Abdulkarim squandered it with Mbao’s fourth kick after striking it against the post.

The shootout went to sudden death on 4-4 and after Michael Bodo had converted to put his side 6-5 up, Amos Kadikilo smacked his effort off the bar as Sharks prevailed.

Earlier, Bandari knocked out Tanzanian champions Simba SC after staging a stunning turnaround to win 2-1 thanks to second half goals from William Wadri and Wilberforce Lugogo.

Meddie Kagere, winner of the Golden Boot in each of the last two editions of the invitational tournament, had put Simba ahead in the first half with a brilliant first-time finish.

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