Kariobangi Sharks are the first Kenyan side to exit the SportPesa Super Cup tournament after going down 3-2 on post-match penalties to Tanzanian champions Simba after a 0-0 draw in regulation time at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru yesterday.
Sharks paid the penalty for wasting numerous opportunities especially after top scorer Erick Kapaito—who has six league goals this season—failed to convert clear cut chances that came his way.
The Kenyan side enjoyed a huge chunk of possession and in the 14th minute, Duke Abuya and Kapaito exchanged passes before the latter was teed up but his threat was thwarted by Simba defender Erasto Nyoni cleared the danger.
Kapaito would then get clear opportunities to put Sharks ahead, the first in the 16th minute when he was fed from midfield before dribbling past a forest of legs but failed to beat an onrushing Aishi while the second chance came in the 36th minute, when he received a good cross from Abuya but fluffed his lines with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Sharks goalkeeper John Oyemba, who was more of a spectator in the match, was tested for the first time in the 33rd minute when Ibrahim Mohammed fired a thunderbolt just outside the box but the custodian showed his agility and dived wide to keep the score 0-0 at half-time.
In the second half, the lackluster Simba seemed to have been re-energised as they attempted to run rings in the Sharks backline but Pascal Ogweno and Geoffrey Shiveka stood firm.
As the match wore on, Simba oped to retreat into their half and let Sharks enjoy the lion’s share of possession as they waited to catch them on the counter attack but it was the Kenyan side who had opportunities to go ahead, Kapaito missing once more to force the tie into the lottery of penalties.
During the shootout, Pascal Ogweno stepped up first for Sharks and missed before Haruna Niyonzima gave Simba the advantage after sending Onyemba the wrong way. Geoffrey Shiveka added to Karionagi’s woes by missing the second spot kick but they were handed a lifeline when Husseiin Mohamed also failed to convert.
Eric Kipkirui then scored Sharks’ first penalty but Erasto Nyoni extended the advantage for Simba before Harrison Mwendwa made it 2-2.
With the shootout tied, Simba’s Paul Bukaba missed, handing the Kenyans the advantage but Eric Juma also fluffed his line leaving the stage to Jonas Mkude who made no mistakes to send Simba into the last four where they will face Kakamega Homeboyz.