DOWN THE MEMORY LANE OF SHARKS OPENING DAY FIXTURES

Ahead of our fourth opening day fixture in the Kenyan Premier League this Friday, we would like to take you down the memory lane of what the boys have produced in our opening fixtures.

The first one, back in March 12th 2017 at the Thika Stadium, wasagainst giants Gor Mahia where the boys were ushered into the top flight with a 3-1 loss. Early goals from Harun Shakava and Jean Baptiste took us to half time trailing 2-0 and Jack Tuyisenge added a third before Mathew Odongo Tayo went into our history books scoring our first ever league goal with an injury time consolation goal. 

Our second season opening game was at the Sudi Stadium, the very stadium where we earned our promotion to the league on the final day drama at the second tier back in 2017. The boys kicked it off with a crucial 0-1 win courtesy of EmbrimaSanneh’s 1st half goal. The Gambian striker tapped in from a Bolton Omwenga cross with John Oyemba producing a master class between the sticks to keep the clean sheet in game that the opponents created lots of opportunities. 

Our third season opener was against yet another giant, AFC Leopards at the Machakos stadium. This time, the boys were beyond being shaken by names. Harrison Mwendwa gave us the lead in the 15th minute after twisting and turning the opponents last man; Henry Juma provided the assist. The lead was cancelled by a 21st minute penalty from the hosts captain Robinson Kamura. A late confrontation saw Michael Bodo sent off in the 87th minute and the boys held on the last few minutes to have the game end at 1-1.

NOTABLE STATS

Sharks have a record of 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss on opening day fixtures.
Sharks have scored a goal in each of the three opening day fixtures.
All the three Sharks opening days fixtures have been scored by players of three different nationalities (Ugandan in 2017, Gambian in 2018, and Kenyan in 2018/19.)
Sharks have kept only one clean sheet on the opening day fixtures ( against Nzoia)
Sharks have conceded twice from the set piece on opening day fixture (A corner vs Gor, and penalty vs Leopards.)
Sharks have been the first team to score in two of the three openers.
Two of the three Sharks opening day goals have been scored in the 1st half. (Only Tayo’s goal vs Gor Mahia came in the 2nd half.)
Three of the four goals conceded on opening day came in the 1st half.
Sharks have had the same coach in all the opening day fixtures.

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