In a bid to clinch his inaugural major silverware with Shakhtar Donetsk, Nigerian forward Kayode Olanrewaju is gearing up to face arch-rivals Dynamo Kiev in the Ukrainian Cup final at the illustrious Dnipro Arena today, as reported by Completesportsnigeria.com. Celebrating his 25th birthday on May 8, Kayode, currently on loan from English champions Manchester City, is poised to make a significant impact on the grand stage.
The journey to the final saw Kayode contribute decisively, exemplified by his notable goal-scoring performance in Shakhtar’s commanding 5-1 victory over Mariupol during the semi-finals on April 18. After an unfulfilling stint at Spanish club Girona earlier in the season, the former Austria Wien striker sought a fresh start and found a conducive environment with Shakhtar Donetsk.
Having netted three goals in five games across various competitions for Shakhtar, Kayode is determined to contribute to the Miners’ legacy. This marks the 17th appearance for Shakhtar in the Ukrainian Cup final, setting the stage for a compelling clash with Dynamo Kiev for the coveted trophy, a contest they have engaged in nine times previously.
Under the stewardship of Paul Fonseca, Shakhtar Donetsk aims to secure their 12th Ukrainian Cup, reinforcing their dominance. Currently leading the table with a five-point advantage over Dynamo Kiev, Fonseca’s side eyes not only the cup glory but also a potential double, having clinched both the league and cup titles last season, coupled with the Ukrainian Super Cup at the start of this campaign