Equity FC is the only surviving non-top flight league side in the Football Kenya Federation Cup tournament that enters its quarter-final stage on Wednesday with mouthwatering clashes on the card.
Equity eliminated fellow lower league side Vegpro in Thika on Saturday and the price of that win will be a date against 2019 champions Bandari FC in Mombasa as they hope to become only the third non-top flight side after Mathare United and Sofapaka to win the cup competition whose winner represents the country in the CAF Confederation Cup.
Equity, City Stars and Kariobangi Sharks are the only quarter-finalists to have never win the cup title.
Bandari hammered Sigalagala TTC 5-0 to reach the quarters and keep their chances of retaining the title alive.
But the most exciting clashes will pit AFC Leopards against Tusker FC and Gor Mahia against Kariobangi Sharks.
The four sides are also in the battle for the FKF Premier League title with Tusker enjoying a slim lead over AFC Leopards at the top while Gor Mahia is fourth, just above their quarter finals opponents Kariobangi sharks.
Sharks tossed out Kenya Commercial Bank 5-4 on post-match penalties after the sides had played to a one-all draw in regular time.
Gor Mahia who last won the cup title in 2011 did not have an easy ride past Mara Sugar. The Premier League champions had to draw their experience to squeeze a 2-1 win over the sugar millers. They now face Sharks who beat them 4-3 in the league earlier in the year.
AFC Leopards had to come from a goal down to beat Bungoma Super Stars 4-2 to progress while Tusker beat Luanda Villa by a solitary goal.
Bandari vs Equity FC
City stars vs Bidco
Tusker vs AFC Leopards
Gor Mahia vs Kariobangi Sharks
Bandari / Equity / vs AFC Leopards/ Tusker/
City Stars/ Bidco vs Gor / Ksharks