Kakamega Homeboyz will launch their campaign for a second successive Mozzart Bet Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Cup with a fixture against minnows Solian City in February.
According to the Round of 32 draw conducted at the Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE), last season’s runners-up Tusker will begin their quest to lift the title against little-known Bumbani Stars, FKF Premier League champions Gor Mahia take on Denmak while AFC Leopards will come up against PAC University.
A total of 38 clubs expressed interest in participating in the knockout competition, that is, 14 FKF Premier League clubs, six FKF National Super League clubs, four FKF Division One clubs, and 14 regional clubs. Six matches will be played in the preliminary round including Vegpro versus Kenya Police, Wisdom Soccer Academy against Posta Rangers, Al Azizia versus Luanda Villa, Eldoro Sports Club Villa versus Mombasa Stars, Marafiki versus FC Talanta, and Bungoma Stars against Premier League outfit Bandari.
Homeboyz won the title for the first time last season after beating the Brewers 1-0 in the final played at Nyayo Stadium. The success saw Abana Beingo earn a ticket to represent Kenya in the CAF Confederation Cup where they failed to progress past the preliminary after losing 4-1 on aggregate to Libyan outfit Al Hilal in Benghazi.
In other matches involving Premier League club, Sofapaka under coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno will face Division One side Silibwet FC, promoted side Shabana FC will entertain Shalimar, MOFA host KCB while Ulinzi Stars will lock horns against Harvest of Hope Africa.
National Super League (NSL) side Mara Sugar were drawn to face Zetech Titans, Compel Sports Club will tackle Kajiado FC, while Bomachoge Borabu will be at home against Coastal-outfit SS Assad. According to the draw, the winners will play each other in the round of 32 action set to kick off on Saturday, February 24, to Sunday, February 25.