KARIOBANGI SHARKS –SHARKS THAT ATTACK IN DRYLAND
The third edition of the sportpesa cup came to a halt yesterday with Kariobangi Sharks booking themselves a ticket to Merseyside where they are due to face English premier league club Everton 60th minute goal by Harrison Mwendwa secured the street boys an important and coveted cup that had seen eight superior teams from Kenya and Tanzania battle out for the cup honours and glory
Kariobangi’s journey to the final has not been easy going by the investment football clubs having putting to ensure they are level with completion as nothing comes with ease Sharks were deemed to swim deep and attacked with pace, coach Willy Muluya will be impressed with his charges as they still grapple to contend with their exit from the caf confederations cup where Asante Kotoko from Ghana outshone the sharks and left Muluya’s boys swimming in the Kotoko dry land
Lessons to be learnt the truth is that Kariobangi put up a spirited fight .After a barren draw at Kasarani Kariobangi still fought hard to be ejected off the competition after losing 2-1 to a team that boasts of both experience and massive resources, Sharks are made their debut in the continental stage. Comparing the two, despite the fact that Kotoko was starved of matches following the ban of the Ghanaian League to say the least Kariobangi made a memorable maiden entry in the continental showpiece
The rise of Kariobangi to the helm of clinching their third title is a positive gauging by the fact that the boys whisked out teams like Simba, Yanga, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards teams that have always taken pride in the large following and sublime performances attracting huge following which have aided to their financial strengths
AS the sportpesa cup title rests in theirs cabinet an addition to the two titles in their cabinet the FKF Shield and the Super Cup. It is only a matter of time before cards are changed.
Kariobangi looked strong from the onset opting to play direct balls through the midfield to the strikers in such an offensive way always helped Kariobangi break the dredlock at a time when clubs are putting more emphasisi on tactics rather talent
The first game Kariobangi run riot crashing out Yanga in the quarter finals a superb display by sharks handled the Kariobangi based oufit a chance to the semi final slot.Mbao FC a strong upcoming team from Tanzania Mainland kept Kariobangi’s victory at bay but that could not prevent a win after the penalty shootout Kariobangi won to ensure a Kenyan thriller at the finals.
Bandari on the side were facing a test of life as they battled out Tanzanian giants Simba in the semi-final. Simba had thrashed Afc Leopards in the quarter finals to book a slot in the semi- finals where they were due to jiggle it out with the Dockers.Bandari came from a goal behind to edge out a star studded Simba consisting of lethal attackers like Clatous Chama, Emmanuel Okwi, Meddie Kagere and John Bocco. A stubborn Wiliam Wadri and Wycliffe Ochomo ensured Wekundu wa Msimbazi were relegated to the cup playoffs where they w ere due to face Mbao FC in an all Tanzanian affair with Simba bagging the honour s after winning the match on penalties
Back to the sharks who sit fifth in the premier table 9 points behind leaders Mathare United who are on a scoring spree though Kariobangi have played eight matches a match less to Francis Kimanzi’s led charges. As sharks depart Dare- salaam 3 million richer and an aggravated hope of facing on of England’s top tier clubs it is an essence of club management, club discipline that can help Sharks soars to greater heights as the sky is the limit