The gap in standards between Kenyan Premier League (KPL) teams and those from lower cadres came to the fore in the SportPesa Shield Cup at the weekend after the former romped into the round of 32 almost without breaking a sweat.
During the preliminary round of 64 that was otherwise shadowed by the SportPesa Super Cup kick off in Nakuru, it was Nzoia Sugar and Tusker who stole the limelight with the highest winning margins, incidentally 7-0 over their respective opponents.
After registering unimpressive results lately in the SportPesa Premier League, Tusker called the tune as they turned Taita Taveta All Stars inside-out at Taita Taveta University grounds with Matthew Odongo, Boniface Muchiri, Jackson Macharia and Michael Khamati among players who helped themselves to goals.
Nzoia followed suit with a goal glut to dispatch Dero, Patrick Kwitonda netting a hat-trick with Kevin Juma, David Ouma, Collins Wakhungu and Edgar Nzano also getting their names on the score-sheet.
Kariobangi Sharks also came close to equaling the record by Tusker and Nzoia in a 6-0 win over Nanyuki Youth though the result was a morale boost for William Muluyia’s side ahead of their SportPesa Super Cup debut.
National under-20 team striker Sydney Lokale was on the mark with a brace to add onto a brace by Hillary Otieno as Paul Kamau and Erik Kipkirui scored a goal each for the marauding Sharks.
In the meantime, Sofapaka were not to be outdone as they progressed albeit the hard way in a 2-0 win over the revived Re-Union FC at Camp Toyoyo ground in Jericho.
Stephen Waruru netted early in the match before George Maelo got to the end of a corner kick by Kevin Kimani to score Sofapaka’s second goal.
Like Sharks, cup holders AFC Leopards also attacked the SportPesa Super Cup with settled nerves after they stopped former perennial adversaries Shabana 2-1.
Another top-tier league side Wazito also marched to the next stage after handing minnows Nairobi Water a 3-0 defeat.