FKF Cup: Exciting round of 16 clashes lined up as action returns

Friday, March 29th, 2024 15:24 | By
Kakamega Homeboyz players celebrate a goal at Kasarani. PHOTO/Kakamega Homeboyz/Facebook.
Kakamega Homeboyz players celebrate a goal in FKF Cup at Kasarani. PHOTO/Kakamega Homeboyz/Facebook.

This weekend marks the return of local football action with the FKF Cup set to resume, featuring the round of 16 matches scheduled for March 30 and 31, 2024, at various venues across the country.

The excitement begins with a doubleheader in Kisumu on Saturday at Jomo Kenyatta Mamboleo Stadium. First up is the clash between giant killers Bungoma Stars and FKF Premier League side Sofapaka, followed by Kakamega Homeboyz taking on Tusker.

FKF Cup action

Simultaneously, at Police Sacco Stadium, Bidco United will host KCB, while Kenya Police will challenge FKF NSL side Mombasa Stars.

Kenya Police Tito Okello after scoring in FKF Cup. PHOTO/Kenya Police/Facebook
Kenya Police Tito Okello after scoring in FKF Cup. PHOTO/Kenya Police/Facebook

Sunday's fixtures will showcase action between Shabana and AFC Leopards at Jomo Kenyatta Mamboleo Stadium while a coastal encounter between SS Assad and Denmak FC is set to unfold at Ukunda Showgrounds.

In other matchups, Ulinzi Stars will face off against Kariobangi Sharks at Police Sacco Stadium, while division one side Compel will clash with Mara Sugar.

The victors of these matches will advance to the quarterfinals scheduled for April 27-28, 2024.

The champions of the FKF Cup will not only earn bragging rights and Ksh2 million but also secure a coveted CAF Confederation Cup slot.

FKF Cup 2023

In the 2023 edition, Kakamega Homeboyz emerged triumphant, clinching a 1-0 victory against Premier League giants Tusker at the Moi International Sports Complex, Kasarani Stadium, on Saturday, July 1, 2023.

In a fiercely contested match, Kevin Amwayi scored the decisive goal for Homeboyz during the second half.

The CAF Confederation Cup, also known as the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup for sponsorship purposes, is an annual association football club competition established in 2004 from a merger of the CAF Cup and the African Cup Winners' Cup and organized by CAF.

Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions. It serves as the second-tier competition of African club football, ranking below the CAF Champions League. The winner of the tournament faces the winner of the CAF Champions League in the following season's CAF Super Cup.

We lost to Kakamega Homeboyz because of ‘our mistakes’, says AFC Leopards’ Aussems
Washington Munene of AFC Leopards (L) clears the ball under pressure from Shummah Moses of Kakamega Homeboyz during their FKF Cup Semi-final match played at Nyayo Stadium. PHOTO/Rodgers Ndegwa

Moroccan clubs boast the highest number of victories in the CAF Confederation Cup with 7 titles, followed by Tunisia with 5. Among the nations, Morocco also holds the record for the most winning teams, with five clubs having clinched the title.

The competition has seen triumphs from 13 different clubs, with 5 of them securing victory more than once. Notably, Club Sfaxien leads as the most successful club in the competition's history, having won the tournament a record 3 times. The current defending champions are USM Alger, who defeated Young Africans in the 2023 final.

Round of 16 Fixtures

Saturday, March 30, 2024

  1. Bidco United vs KCB (Police Sacco Stadium, 12:00 p.m..)
  2. Kenya Police vs Mombasa Stars (Police Sacco Stadium, 3:00 p.m.)
  3. Bungoma Stars vs Sofapaka (Jomo Kenyatta Mamboleo Stadium, 12:00 p.m.)
  4. Kakamega Homeboyz vs Tusker (Jomo Kenyatta Mamboleo Stadium, 3:00 p.m.)

Sunday, March 31, 2024

  1. Compel vs Mara Sugar (Jomo Kenyatta Mamboleo Stadium, 12:00 p.m.)
  2. Shabana vs AFC Leopards (Jomo Kenyatta Mamboleo Stadium, 3:00 p.m.)
  3. SS Assad vs Denmak (Ukunda Show grounds, 3:00 p.m.)
  4. Ulinzi Stars vs Kariobangi Sharks (Police Sacco Stadium, 3:00 p.m.)

FKF Cup Tournament Schedule

Quarter Finals: April 27-28, 2024

Semi Finals: May 26, 2024

Finals: June 29, 2024

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