Both sides are basking in good form at the moment, Gor Mahia are leading league while Ingwe are fresh from a positive campaign in Nile Basin event
Mohammed, Emuge, Owino, Walusimbi
Kizito, Ochieng', Wanyonyi
Omondi, Salim, Sserunkuma
Situma, Masika, Saleh, Juma
Mudde, Imbalambala, Were
Ikenna, Keli, Khamati
The ‘Mashemeji derby’ is expected to light up this weekend’s Kenyan Premier league action with old age rivals Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards’ coming face to face at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.
Both sides are basking in good form at the moment, Gor Mahia currently leading Kenyan league standings with 29 points while Ingwe are fresh from a positive campaign in Cecafa Nile Basin tournament where they finished as runners-up.
New AFC Leopards coach Henrik Pieter de Jong will have his first taste of one of Kenya’s most talked about football match and he expects his charges to move in same dynamism as they were in Sudan.
One of key factors in this derby will be absence of AFC Leopards’ striker Allan Wanga, who has penned a one year deal with Sudanese giants Al-Merreikh and coach de Jong’s headache will be finding a worthy successor to ‘King’ Wanga’s throne.
For Gor Mahia, who have won six matches on the trot in the league, they will be keen to continue with their fine run of form. A win for K’Ogalo against their bitter rivals, will more or less vindicate them as front runners for the league title as they will have achieved 32 points with almost half fixtures played.
Save for Solomon Nasio and Innocent Mutiso, coach Boby Williamson will have a full squad from which to choose his preferred starting team. Shabaan Kenga might be a doubt for Gor Mahia as his six month loan spell from Bandari elapsed on Wednesday and no signs of a new deal have emerged.
Looking at past league record between the two teams, Gor Mahia boast of an advantage having won half of the last ten fixtures and pulling off a point twice. Last season, K’Ogalo won first leg by a solitary goal before drawing 2-2 in a sizzling second leg that saw them come from two goals down.
However, the last meeting in all competitions between these two rivals was in November last year during GOtv Shield final which Ingwe won by a solitary goal.
K’Ogalo’s heaviest weapon for this tie will be the Dan Sserunkuma-Rama Salim partnership. It is this ‘marriage’ that helped K’Ogalo to a fine run of form in the 2012 season and the first leg of last season and the re-uniting of these two this year has been sensational for K’Ogalo.
If one is not scoring, they are always assisting. Rama’s involvement however, is also hanging on the balance as he is out of contract and it is not yet official whether they have offered him a new perk.
Gor Mahia’s weakness point might be seen in their midfield as the Geoffrey Kizito- Erick Ochieng partnership has not oiled well and with the departure of Antony Akumu, Ingwe might find a place to dominate their opponents.
Leopards have with them an experienced dynamic partnership of Mudde Musa and Martin Imbalambala with the Ugandan playing a key role for the side in Nile Basin tournament.