Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Kariobangi Sharks gave a good parade of Kenyan football on Sunday 7 July, perfectly holding their own to draw English Premier League side Everton 1 – 1 before going on to win 4 – 3 on post match penalties in the preseason friendly match at Moi International Sports Center (MISC) Kasarani.
Sharks were never awed by their opponent and went for the jugular from the opening whistle, only lacking the telling touches in the final third. However, in the 25th minute, after a great break and control, Duke Abuya calmly slotted the opening goal.
The midfielder beat the Everton offside trap well to collect the ball unchallenged and while the English side’s defence expected him to give a home pass, he created space for himself and easily sneaked the ball home through Marten Stekelenberg’s legs.
The lead lasted to the break and a somewhat jaded Sharks side was second best to an Everton side with nine changes in the second half and deservedly, Everton leveled within 10 minutes.
Patillah Omoto rode on Joe Williams’ back at the edge of the box and though referee Davies Omweno wanted to play advantage to Everton, they soon lost the ball and he had to draw back the action for a free kick.
Williams took charge and slotted low to Brian Bwire’s left, restoring parity.
With regular time ending at 1 – 1, penalties were called with Duke Abuya blasting high after Bwire had stopped Joe Williams’ opening kick.
Bwire however proved the hero with another good save to deny Dennis Adeniran before picking the ball to slot home the winner past Jonas Losl.