Football Kenya Federation Cup scheduled for this weekend sees defending champions Gor Mahia play Kakamega Homeboyz away at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.
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Three fixtures have been scheduled for Saturday while another five will be on action Sunday as clubs battle it out for quarter-final slots.
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This is termed as a mouthwatering clash a fact that in three meetings between Gor Mahia and Kakamega Homeboyz, both teams have won once while one tie has ended up in a draw.
K’Ogalo head coach Johnathan McKinstry will have a chance to field his newly acquired players including striker Patrick Kaddu.
Kaddu’s recent form has allowed him to net thrice against Vihiga Bullets in his debut on Wednesday in the FKF-PL.
Gor will face former defender Sylvester Owino. However, Rwandese midfielder Emery Bayisenga and Ugandan defender Shafique Kagimu, who also impressed against Bullets, are also available for the weekend fixture.
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Kenya Police v Ulinzi Stars
It’s a do-or-die situation as Kenya Police will host Ulinzi Stars for the first time at their newly built Police Sacco stadium in South C in Nairobi. However, the law enforcers will be playing a high-magnitude match at the 7,500-capacity facility since it was officially opened by President William Ruto on February 4, 2023.
Last season these two sides did face each other thrice with all the ties ending in a draw after Kenya Police returned to the FKF-PL.
In the first leg this season, Ulinzi and Kenya Police duel ended in a barren draw at MISC Kasarani. However, Saturday’s clash will be different as one of the teams has to progress to the quarter-finals of the FKF Cup.
Talking to Nation Sports Kenya Police Coach Francis uttered that they will not be taking any chances as they consider the domestic cup a route to continental football.
The winner of the FKF Cup will represent the country in the CAF Confederation Cup next season and win Sh2 million in prize money.
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“We have prepared well and since we will be at home, we have no reason not to get a positive result. I know they lost to Nzoia Sugar (in their last league match) and will be itching for a win. We have to take our chances and win, making it to the quarter-finals means we will only be three matches away from achieving our dream,” said Baraza, a former Kenyan international.
Kenya Police FC will miss the services of Pattillah Omoto and Baraka Badi who both have an injury but the team will welcome back Harun Shakava who has been away on work-related duties and the pair of Musa Mohamed and Marvin Nabwire who were injured.
Ulinzi Stars assistant coach Abdallah Mohamed said they are also ready for the match and all players will be available for selection as they don’t have any injuries
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In other matches
FKF Premier League defending champions Tusker will be a way to lower-tier side Rainbow on Saturday at MISC Kasarani.
Runners-up in the last edition of 2021 AFC Leopards will battle it out with National Super League side Murang’a Seal at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
Fixtures (All matches kick off at 3pm unless stated)
- Sofapaka v Darajani Gogo (Police Sacco Stadium, 1pm)
- Kenya Police v Ulinzi Stars (Police Sacco Stadium, 3.15pm)
- Rainbow v Tusker (Kasarani Annex)
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- Kariobangi Sharks v Equity (Nyayo, 1pm)
- Kakamega Homeboyz v Gor Mahia (Bukhungu, 1pm)
- Murang’a Seal v AFC Leopards (Kasarani)
- Bandari v Mwatate United (Mbaraki)
- KCB v Bidco United (Nyayo, 3.15pm)