Report from the Nation
The Round 23 draw for this season's Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Cup was held Thursday at Kenya Institute of Special Education in Nairobi.
Big guns have landed opponents from lower leagues in Round 32 stage of the 2023 competition which is scheduled to start next weekend.
The knock-out competition, which is the qualifier for the Caf Confederation Cup, returns after one-year hiatus due to lack of a sponsor.
Only 11 FKF-Premier League teams have registered for this year’s event, with defending champions Gor Mahia drawn against Division One side Kibera Soccer FC. Kibera will be the home team in the clash.
AFC Leopards will visit Zetech Titans (Division One), while Tusker will be away to Berlin FC (Garissa County Club).
KCB will be away to Michael Olunga's Mofa FC (Division One), Sofapaka will visit Karatina Homeboyz (county league) while Kenya Police, Ulinzi Stars, and Kakamega Homeboyz will travel away to Scarlets FC (Nairobi Club), Kajiado FC (National Super League) and Shalimar FC (Naivasha County Club) respectively.
The final will be held on June 24.
FKF Secretary General Barry Otieno said they have a June 30 deadline to forward to CAF the name of Kenya’s representative in the continental showpiece.
Otieno added that while they have until now not succeeded in securing a sponsor for the competition, but they are still chasing for one.
He said they hopeful of landing a broadcast partner, which will see the competition’s program change in line with the broadcast time.
“It is a unique season because it is short but also without a sponsor. That is why we decided to start the competition at the Round 32 stage,” said Otieno.
“We have been engaging a couple of corporates but for now, there is still nothing concrete. Hopefully if something comes up, we will let you know.”
Gaming firm Betway sponsored the 2021 edition which was won by Gor.
In the tough final played at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, Gor beat their arch-rivals AFC Leopards 4-1 on post-match penalties after a barren draw in normal time.
K’Ogalo pocketed Sh2 million for the win while runners-up Leopards received Sh1 million. Bidco United got Sh750,000 for finishing third.
Rainbow FC v Migori Youth
Berlin v Tusker
Mofa v KCB
Lions v Bidco United
Karatina Homeboyz v Sofapaka
Nyota v Darajani Gogo
Scarlet v Kenya Police
Kajiado v Ulinzi Stars
Shalimar v Kakmega Homeboyz
Kibera Soccer v Gor Mahia
Marula v Kariobangi Sharks
Equity v Mara Sugar
Luanda Villa v Murang’a Seal
Zetech Titans v AFC Leopards
Administration Police v Bandari FC
Mwatate United v Coastal Heroes