NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 20 – Having been out of continental football for the last four years, Kenyan football giants AFC Leopards are back after veteran tactician Robert ‘The Lion’ Matano guided them to a 2-0 victory over Kariobangi Sharks in the GOtv Shield final on Saturday. This is how the decider unfolded in pictures.
It was a sweet ending to the season for Leopards who have struggled to register positive results in the league this season and the title breaks a trophy drought that dates back to 2013, when they won the same crown with a 1-0 result over bitter rivals Gor Mahia.
Kariobangi Sharks are having a fine run in their Kenyan Premier League debut but they found the going tough in the GOtv Shield final, ending their fairy tale at the hands of a hungry Leopards.
Being a public holiday (Mashujaa Day), AFC Leopards fans heeded the call by Matano to turn up in large numbers to cheer their team. Their turn up was not in vein as the players made them smile with a 10th GOtv Shield title.
AFC’s trophy hunger was evident from the first whistle as they were relentless, in attack throwing pace and bodies upfront.
Despite the rain, the coaches felt the heat.
The match cooled down the political temperatures, bringing together leaders from all political sides, Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja and Makadara MP George Aladwa. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA