Kariobangi Sharks made history in their 18 year existence on Saturday 20 October by securing a first major trophy by defeating Sofapaka to lift the 2018 SportPesa Shield Cup and club chairman Robert Maoga attributes the win to prayer and sheer hard work.
Sharks prevailed in a nervy final to claim a 3-2 win in a dramatic fashion, scoring two late goals in quick succession to turn the game in their favour after Batoto Ba Mungu had taken control of the game after falling behind in the opening stanza.
The win saw Sharks overwrite last season’s disappointment in which they lost 2-0 to AFC Leopards in the final after finishing third a season prior and Maoga believes patience played a key role in the fete.
“The win was through God because there is no success without higher power. I think patience played a role too because we knew that our time was coming, taking it a step at a time from third place, runners up and finally winning it,” Maoga told Sharks Digital.
“It was also a courageous move from the coach to play a youthful side and believe in the team to deliver. The investment in facilities, time and money from everyone involved directly and indirectly also helped the team and we couldn’t thank them enough. The technical bench also played their role perfectly and they have to be lauded for their dedication, team preparations and strategy.
“Finally it was about the team. They worked as a unit, covering each other and had the winning spirit all through,” he concluded.
Sharks will now represent the country in the continental scene in next season’s CAF Confederations Cup, which is the first time that the team founded in 2000, will be participating in a continental showpiece