Abege heroics down Sofapaka to clinch maiden Shield Cup

SINAN RAJUB SENOGA

Kariobangi Sharks 3-2 Sofapaka FC

George Abege will go down in the history books as the man who lifted Kariobangi Sharks to their first ever domestic silverware.

The former Maroons and SCVU forward scored a brace as Sharks defeated Sofapaka 3-2 in the 2018 FKF SportPesa Shield Cup final at Kasarani – Most significant is the all important late goal that settled the scoreline.

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Abege opened up the scoring in the 27th minute when he finished off a through ball from Harrison Mwendwa with a left footed low strike.

3 minutes to the mandatory halftime break, Sofapaka skipper Steven Waruru levelled scores with a superb header.

Minutes into the second half, Kevin Kimani headed the Batoto B’amungu into the lead for the first time in the evening with an exquisite diving header.

Umar Kasumba almost put the game beyond reach but he was unfortunate his effort went inches above the bar.

Kariobangi Sharks brought on Sidney Lokale who later found the equalizer with a header in the 80th minute.

With the game destined for a full time stalemate, Abege happened in the 87th minute when he capitalised on a lapse by Wycliffe Kasaya to head home the winning goal of the game.

Drama was not done yet as Sofapaka through Kevin Kimani won a penalty and a glorious chance to tie the contest at 3-3 but agonizingly he blasted it wide.

The full-time whistle meant that Kariobangi Sharks managed to shrug off last year’s disappointment to become the team that will represent Kenya in the 2019 CAF Confederations Cup.

Sofapaka will have to wait a little longer for their 4th ever domestic cup and their first since 2014.

Earlier on, Baker Lukooya’s AFC Leopards emerged 3rd after beating Ulinzi Stars in an epic 5-4 post-match penalty shoot out.

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