For the second time in the SportPesa Cup’s three year history, the final will be contested by two Kenyan sides after Kariobangi Sharks shocked Tanzanian side Mbao FC 6-5 on post match penalties in the second semi final following a 0 – 0 draw at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Friday 25 January.
Kariobangi Sharks will face off with fellow Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side, Bandari FC in the final after the Dockers saw off Simba SC 2 – 1 in the first semi final played earlier in the day at the same venue.
Mbao had more of the possession and Sharks the better of the chances but none could convert any of their strengths in the game to find the all decisive goal that would help avoid the tense spot kicks.
Though no team would want to decide a game with post- match penalties, Mbao would have been the more relieved of the two as they had already been here before, in the opener against Gor Mahia, the outcome seeing them knockout the defending champions.
The shootouts saw Pattilah Omotto miss the first but he would be spared as Hamimu Abdulkarim and Amos Charles failed to keep their cool to allow Sharks set up an all Kenyan final similar to the 2017 edition in which AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia contested.