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Giant-killing Finlays eye Sofapaka scalp


GOtv-SHIELDNAIROBI, Kenya, October 9 – “We respect Kenyan Premier League clubs but don’t fear them.”

These are the words of Division One side, Finlays Horticulture FC captain, Patrick Nzengo.

The giant killers come to the last eight of the GOtv Shield as the underdogs with the remaining quarterfinalist plying their trade in the KPL.

Finlays have a difficult task on Sunday when they face 2010 champions Sofapaka, though Nzengo says they are out to pull a surprise.

“We expect a tough match because we are playing against an experienced team but we will play like other games and give it our best,” said the soft spoken captain.

“Our team is improving and playing against a big team like Sofapaka gives us encouragement for our next game,” he added.

Finlays, placed second in their league, edged out premier KPL sides KCB and Bandari to reach the last eight.

On the other hand, Sofapaka captain James Situma, said they will approach the game with a lot of seriousness and will not underrate their opponents.

“It’s a knock-out stage and we don’t expect an easy match, we are taking the game serious to ensure we win and proceed to the semis,” Situma declared.

The ‘Batoto ba Mungu’ who are three-time finalists, will be looking to reclaim the title after sinking Nairobi City Stars 1-0 to reach the quarters.

In other fixtures this weekend, Mathare United squares it out with Sony Sugar while defending champions Gor Mahia face Western Stima.

On Sunday, AFC Leopards entertain Karuturi Sports.

All the matches will be staged at Nyayo National Stadium with the finals set for November 16.

The winner will represent Kenya in the CAF Confederation cup next year.