KPL Top 8 Cup

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KPL Top 8 Cup
KPL Top 8 Cup, official logo.jpg
The official logo of the tournament.
Founded 2011
Region  Kenya
Number of teams 8
Current champions Muhoroni Youth
(1st title)
Most successful club(s) Gor Mahia
Tusker
(2 titles each)
Television broadcasters SuperSport 9
2017 KPL Top 8 Cup

The KPL Top 8 Cup (also known as the KPL Top 8 Knockout, the KPL Top 8 Knockout Cup or simply the Top 8 Knockout, the Top 8 Cup or the Kenyan Top 8 Cup) is a Kenyan football championship contested by the top eight teams of the preceding Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season. The inaugural edition of the tournament took place in 2011, with Ulinzi Stars as the winners.[1]

Format[edit]

The tournament is played in both a single-elimination and double-elimination format. It begins with the quarter-finals, where teams play against each other once. In the semi-finals, teams play each other in two matches and the team with more goals on aggregate advances to the final, which is played once. No third place playoff is played.

The winners of the tournament receive a total sum of Ksh. 1,000,000 as prize money, although appeals to the Football Kenya Federation have been made to increase the sum as gate collections in the tournament surpass the prize money amount.[2]

Finals by year[edit]

Year Team 1 Pos. Score Team 2 Pos. Ref
2011 Ulinzi Stars 1st 2−1 Western Stima 8th [3]
2012 Ulinzi Stars 2nd 0−2 Gor Mahia 4th [4]
2013 Thika United 5th 2−2 (3–5 p) Tusker 1st [5]
2014 Tusker 5th 2−1 A.F.C. Leopards 2nd [6]
2015 Sony Sugar 6th 1–2 (a.e.t.) Gor Mahia 1st [7]
2016 Muhoroni Youth 6th 1–0 Gor Mahia 1st [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ulinzi clinch 'Top 8' prize on eve of trip to Cecafa". Nairobi, Kenya: KPL.co.ke. 26 June 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bwana laments cash prize for Top 8 winner". Nairobi, Kenya: Futaa.com. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Kenya - Top 8 Cup: Ulinzi Stars - Western Stima (25/06-2011 kl. 15:00)". Nairobi, Kenya: Futaa.com. 25 June 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kenya - Top 8 Cup: Ulinzi Stars - Gor Mahia (19/08-2012 kl. 15:30)". Nairobi, Kenya: Futaa.com. 19 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Jeff Kinyanjui (24 July 2013). "Tusker win 2013 KPL Top 8 title". Nairobi, Kenya: Futaa.com. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Jeff Kinyanjui (15 June 2014). "Tusker FC retains the KPL Top 8 title". Nairobi, Kenya: Futaa.com. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Chrisphine Magak (7 November 2015). "KPL Top 8: Gor toils through rocky SoNy to clinch title". Futaa.com. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  8. ^ Collins Amanga (16 October 2016). "KPL Top 8: Muho stuns Gor Mahia to lift historic title". Futaa.com. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 

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