Kariobangi Sharks maul Djibouti’s Solar in Confed Cup debut
Easy one as Sharks pump six past hapless Solar
Kariobangi Sharks produced a decent performance on Tuesday evenibg to beat Djibouti side Arta Solar 7 6-1 in their CAF Confederations Cup debut. Forward Duke Abuya was the star of the day playing part in three of the six goals, assistant two and scoring one as Sharks put one foot into the next round of the Confederations Cup.
The other goals came from George Abege, Patillah Omotto, Sidney Lokale, and Fidel Origa while an own goal added to Solar’s struggles in a one-sided fixture. Solar’s consolation came via a Komenan N’da Konan penalty.
Sharks quickly wrapped up the game in the opening 15 minutes with three quick goals. It only took three minutes for them to get into the lead. Abuya raced into a well weighted pass from Patillah Omotto before squeezing it past the keeper from the edge of the six-yard box.
Sharks continued to dominate and in the eighth minute Harrison Mwenda had a chance when a deep cross from Michael Bodo on the right found him at the backpost The winger danced past one of his wingers but his eventual low shot came against the side netting.
He had another opportunity when a cross found him isolated on the right but his eventual shot after skipping past one defender came off the side netting.
Sidney Lokale made it 2-0 after eight minutes when he cut into the box and dribbled past the keeper before tapping the ball home. Lokale should have had his second a minute later but his header from Mike Bodo’s cross hit the crossbar.
On the quarter hour mark, Sharks made it 3-0 when new signing Nickson Omondi’s dipping header from a corner saw the Solar defenders bungle the ball against each other resulting in an own goal.
Solar had their first sniff at goal in the 17th minute when N’da Konan tried to cut the deficit with a long range freekick but it went straight to the keeper. Six minutes later, Konan who looked the most lively of Solar players should have made it 3-1 when a through pass found him through on goal but his rasping shot came against the bar from point-blank.
Sharks though stretched the lead to four goals with Omotto thumping a header from the edge of the six yard box from an Abuya cross.
Solar finally got the away goal they had craved for from the penalty spot, Konan converting himself after he had been brought down by Tom Teka.
The home side kept the surge on in the second half with Abege tapping the ball home 15 minutes from time after being put through by Abuya before Origa completed the haul with an easy tap in from a yard out.