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Bwire stars as Sharks beat Everton in Nairobi

Kariobangi goal keeper Brian Bwire saves a penalty from Everton FC. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 7 – Keeper Brian Bwire saved two penalties and converted one as Kenyan Premier League side Kariobangi Sharks upset English Premier League club Everton 4-3 on post-match penalties in an historic friendly match played at a packed the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani on Sunday.

This is after the match had ended 1-1 in regular time where Abuya had sent the home team Sharks ahead in the 27th minute with a neat finish after the Everton defenders were caught flat foot but the lead was cancelled in the second half through Joe Williams who drove home a low shot from a free-kick at the edge of the box in the 54th minute.

In the shoot-out, Sven Yidah, Bwire, George Abege and Geoffrey Lemu all converted for Sharks while Abuya blasted his over.

Kariobangi Sharks striker Duke Abuya in action against Everton FC in friendly. Photo/COURTESY

To break the deadlock, Abuya beat the Everton offside trap well to collect the ball unchallenged and while the English side’s defence expected him to give a home pass, he created space for himself and easily sneaked the ball home through Marten Stekelenberg’s legs.

The lead lasted to the break and a somewhat jaded Sharks side was second best to an Everton side with nine changes in the second half and deservedly, Everton leveled within 10 minutes.

Kenyan fans celebrating at Kasarani Stadium in a friendly match pitting Kariobangi Sharks and visitors Everton FC. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA

Patillah Omoto rode on Joe Williams’ back at the edge of the box and though referee Davies Omweno wanted to play advantage to Everton, they soon lost the ball and he had to draw back the action for a free kick.

Williams took charge and slotted low to Brian Bwire’s left, restoring parity.

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