Action between LEYSA and KCB in the previous round. LEYSA are among eight teams in the last 16 round from the lower divisions FKF
Shield Cup: Lower leagues well represented as round 16 takes centre stage
By Peter Wainaina | Fri 20 Jul, 2018 15:15

Round 16 of this year’s Shield Cup will kickoff this weekend of 21-22 July with half of the 16 teams set to take part in the round coming from the lower leagues.

The second tier the National Super League (NSL) will be represented by three teams, the third tier Division 1 has produced two while the remaining three sides come from non-league divisions.

NSL

Western Stima, Kenya Police and Modern Coast Rangers are the teams flying the NSL flag high in this round and will come up against opposition from leagues above them as well as below.

Stima currently in second place on the standings, have a mouthwatering tie against the second best team in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) in Sofapaka. With league honours a distinct possibility for both sides, it will be interesting to see how they approach this clash with Sofapaka given the nod as a result of having won the competition back in 2014.

Stima defeated fellow NSL side Bidco United in the round of 32 to make it this far while Sofapaka did the job against Baba Dogo United.

Rangers

Modern Coast Rangers will also come up against Premier League opposition in the shape of last season’s finalists Kariobangi Sharks. Both teams are having similar seasons in their respective leagues as they occupy mid-table slots.

Both teams needed post-match penalties to claim victory in the previous round with Rangers edging Division 1 side Ligi Ndogo while Sharks saw off fellow top tier side Wazito FC.

Kenya Police, the other team in the round have a seemingly easier tie on paper as they are set to lock horns with Non-League side LEYSA.

Promotion chasing Police advanced to this round courtesy of a walkover granted by Nzoia Sugar FC who failed to show up for their round 32 clash while LEYSA produced the shock of the previous round to down hot favourites KCB and have earned the title of giant killers for this year’s tourney.

Division 1

Bungoma Superstars and Mwatate United the two teams from the third tier have enormous ties ahead of them as they are set to face the tournaments previous two winners.

Bungoma currently in sixth place in Zone B, after downing fellow Division 1 side Transfoc in the previous round will now have to contend with a clash against 2016 champions Tusker FC if they are to make it to the next round while Zone A Mwatate will face off against defending champions AFC Leopards.

Mwatate are having a superb season and are currently in second place in the zone placing themselves in the frame for promotion to the NSL.

Non-league

Friend Zone, a non-league side affiliated with the Nairobi East county league will take on against fellow non-league side in Riverplate of the Western Branch league.

Riverplate will be hot favourites to advance taking in the fact that they trounced NSL side Kisumu All Stars 4-1 in the previous round to advance while Friend Zone out-muscled Zetech University.

Below are all the fixtures of the round that also includes two all Premier League ties;

Saturday

Modern Coast Rangers vs Kariobangi Sharks (Mbaraki Sports Club, 3 pm)

Friend Zone vs Riverplate (Narok Stadium, 1 pm LIVE Y24)

Kenya Police vs Leysa (Narok Stadium, 3.15 pm LIVE Y24)

Sunday

Vihiga United vs Ulinzi Stars (Mumias Complex, 3 pm)

Tusker vs Bungoma Superstars (Narok Stadium, 1 pm LIVE Y24)

Sofapaka vs Western Stima (Narok Stadium, 3.15 pm LIVE Y24)

Wednesday

AFC Leopards vs Mwatate United (Kasarani Stadium, 2 pm LIVE Y24)

Posta Rangers Gor Mahia (Kasarani Stadium, 4 pm LIVE Y24)

Peter Wainaina
Twitter: @naina_naish
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