FKF Cup holders AFC Leopards will kick-start their title defence with an away fixture against former Kenyan Premier League side Shabana FC.
The 'Slum Boys' are among the five Kenyan Premier League sides, including the 2015 finalists Nakumatt, Chemelil Sugar, Zoo FC and along with Thika United, who have been omitted from the competition that has attracted 64 clubs.
The tournament is scheduled to kick-off on June 1, 2018, with the eventual winner pocketing Sh2m and a ticket to represent Kenya in the 2019 Caf Confederation Cup.
The runners-up are set to pocket Sh1m with the third-placed and fourth-placed teams taking home Sh750, 000 and Sh500, 000 respectively.
The tournament will now be known as SportPesa Shield for commercial purpose.
Fortune Sacco vs Mwatate United, Nunguni Yulu vs Ushuru, Berlin vs Bandari FC, Taita Taveta All Stars vs Tusker, Emmausians vs Leysa, Nanyuki All Stars vs KCB, Re-Union vs Sofapaka, Friend Zone vs Naivas, Babadogo United vs Equity Bank, Tandaza vs Zetech University, SS Assad vs Gor Mahia, Ken Poly vs Savannah Cement, Nanyuki Youth vs Kariobangi Sharks, Nairobi Water vs Wazito FC, Ligi Ndogo vs Talanta, Balaji vs Modern Coast Rangers, Rain Forest vs Sony Sugar, Shabana vs AFC Leopards, Vegpro vs GFE 105, Nyamira All Stars vs Vihiga United, MKU Nakuru vs Kisumu All Stars, Riverplate vs Nakuru All Stars, Nakuru West Combined vs Kenya Police, Dero vs Nzoia Sugar, TransMillan vs Ulinzi Stars, ASEC Kakamega vs Kakamega Homeboyz, Egerton University vs Western Stima, Kabras United vs Bidco United, TransMara Sugar vs Posta Rangers, Kisumu Hot Stars vs Raiply, Bungoma Super Stars vs Timsales, Transfoc vs Eldoret Youth.