Shield: Holders Leopards, Ulinzi Reach Semis

By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster88)

AFC Leopards made light work of second tier side Kenya Police FC, scoring thrice in the opening half on their way to a comfortable 4-1 win that earned them a spot in the last four of the Sportpesa Shield.

Attacking midfielder Wyvonne Isuza continued with his hot streak in front of goal, netting the opener for Leopards after 22 minutes.

Ezekiel Odera, making a return from a two-time suspension, showed no signs of rust as he made it 2-0 just after the half hour mark and Eugene Mukhangula completed a resounding first half performance by adding the third just two minutes before the half time breather.

Brian Marita rounded off the scoring for Ingwe in the 66th minute. An own goal from Victor Majid ensured that Leopards netted all the goals in the match.

Mukhangula’s former teammate at Thika United, Musa Saad, missed the chance to register his maiden goal for Leopards when his last minute penalty kick was kept out by Police keeper Antony Obonyo.

Soldiers through, too

Leopards were joined to the semis by Ulinzi Stars who registered a similar scoreline victory over Regional League outfit Riverplate FC.

The Soldiers rang the changes to their starting lineup but still had enough ammunition to down Riverplate.

It took Ulinzi 35 minutes to get going as Enosh Ochieng’ netted at the second time of asking.

Youngster Ibrahim Shambi plundered home the second almost immediately after the restart to put the 2006 champions firmly on their way.

Two more quick goals just before the hour mark from Daniel Waweru and Elijah Mwanzia secured the victory for the Soldiers.

Kennedy Wandiri pulled one back for Riverplate at the 67th minute, and had the opportunity to cut the scoreline to half late on but his penalty was kept out by James Saruni.

The two sides will now await on the results of Gor Mahia versus Kariobangi Sharks and Sofapaka versus Tusker FC who will, this Sunday, battle for the two remaining semis slots Sunday at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.


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