Kenyan Premier League clubs Tusker FC and Ulinzi Stars will contest the 2015 GOtv Shield final after they both overcame potential banana skins in National Super League sides KCB and Kariobangi Sharks respectively in the semifinals played at the Afraha Stadium, Saturday, October 1.
Tusker, chasing a domestic double, were made to work by KCB but still ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a second half goal from Noah Wafula.
Ulinzi on the other hand were ruthless against Sharks as John Mark Makwatta netted a sublime second half hat-trick in a 4-1 rout in front of their home crowd.
Makwatta came in as a second half substitute and made his presence fully felt by his team and the opposition alike after Oscar Wamalwa had given his side the lead as early as the sixth minute.
The Harambee Stars international scored in quick successions with two goals in two minutes before wrapping up a fine afternoon for himself and the Soldiers with the fourth goal from a freekick in the 76th minute.
Sharks pulled one back through Steven Odhiambo who curled home a freekick in the 84th minute but that proved to be a consolation goal as their 19-game unbeaten run in all competitions came to a crushing finale.
Ulinzi have never won the Shield competition in their fairly illustrious history but will be hoping to change that when they face Tusker in the final on October 20 at the Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi. The Brewers, four points clear at the top of the league, haven’t fared any better if their 23-year wait to hoist high what is the country’s top knockout competition is anything to go by.
Tusker last played in this competition’s final in 1995 but they lost 2-1 to World Hope (now Nairobi City Stars), while Ulinzi Stars were also beaten 2-1 by the defunct Rivatex in their maiden and hitherto only final in 1995.
Second tier sides, Sharks and KCB will curtain raise the final when they battle for third place on the day.
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