AFC Leopards are the new GOtv Shield champions after edging out defending champions and rivals Gor Mahia 1-0 in the final at Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday. Gor Mahia had won the trophy for the past two years.
Leopards had not beaten Kogalo since 2011. Peter Opiyo’s second half goal gave Ingwe ended the drought and with it a Ksh2million cheque while Gor had to make do with second place and Kshs750,000.
Leopards’ had not won a cup since 2009. There was an outpouring of emotion as fans raided the pitch to celebrate victory at the end of the match carrying interim coach James Nandwa shoulder high. Nandwa has been on fire, winning 9 of 10 games since he started
The all important goal came on 53 minutes: Opiyo found the back of the net from a Noah Wafula low cross, cutting behind the defenders, from the left flank after the latter had beat his marker Musa Moham med.