FKF National Division One side SS Assad pulled the biggest shock of the opening round of the 2019 SportPesa Shield when they forced Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Ulinzi Stars to a barren draw at the Ukunda Showground before dumping them out 5-4 on post match penalties.
Ulinzi Stars head coach Dunstan Nyaudo rested most of his key players and among the starters he called up were Oscar Wamalwa and Justin Onuonga who return to the team after missing the first leg.
Still, and as expected Ulinzi Stars dominated from the onset and only lacked in the finishing department.
Lead striker Enosh Ochieng found it hard penetrating a defence line marshalled by Mwamatata Abdalla, and the added punch by Wamalwa as well as Omar Boraafya’s trickery could not help the soldiers.
The second half was more of the same with Assad holding on to force the match to penalties.
Bernard Ongoma saw the very first kick for Ulinzi Stars saved by goalkeeper Suleiman Hamisi. While all his mates – Cylus Shitote, Ibrahim Shambi, George Omondi, and Mark Bikokwa scored with theirs.
Hamisi Mwapaka, Sadiq Said, Bahati Mohamed, Ali Swaleh and Mwaronga Suleiman scored for Assad to see their team advance to the next stage.
Kenyan Premier League table toppers Sofapaka suffered a similar fate at the Sudi Stadium, going down to Bungoma Superstars.
In other matches played on Saturday, KCB secured a slim 1-0 win over Sindo United at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu with Bandari FC also pulling the same result against Kayo FC at the Ruaraka Grounds.
Chris Osindo scored for KCB in the first half while Benjamin Mosha did the same for Bandari with a goal deep in stoppage time.
Talanta FC, who were scheduled to take on Dero FC at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu, were a no-show prompting the game to be awarded to the hosts on a 2-0 score line.
AFC Leopoards and Kariobangi Sharks were the big winners of the round, dishing out 4-0 and 5-0 beatings to Transfoc and Elim FC respectively.