The two Kenyan giants will face off in the biggest local derby, which could decide the destiny of the Kenyan Premier League title this season
AFC Leopards will host bitter rivals Gor Mahia in a Mashemeji derby at Kasarani Stadium on Sunday.
K’Ogalo are on the verge of winning a record 18th Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title and a third in succession if they register six points from their remaining matches, starting with the derby against Ingwe.
Goal parades some of the key players which Ingwe will bank on to deny K’Ogalo victory.
The goalkeeper has found his way back to the starting line-up after a shaky start at the Den this season. Adira will have to ensure that he denies the unpredictable Gor Mahia strikers with some top saves if necessary. Having played in the top tier for more than a decade, Adira knows how to organise his defense well and ensure it stops K’Ogalo from finding the target.
Since joining Ingwe from Sofapaka, Kayumba has barely put a foot wrong and has helped the team claim vital points in tough games. With Ingwe focusing on signing the defender on a long-term deal, the Rwandan has an opportunity to prove he is qualified to stop the best the league has to offer, and that he can perform under intense pressure.
Ochieng was overlooked by Harambee Stars coach Sebastien Migne when naming provisional squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals. A strong performance against Gor Mahia may make the French tactician have second thoughts about him. On Sunday, Ochieng will have to provide enough cover for the Leopards back four and initiate attacks from his own half.
This season has been one of the best for Isuza; he has already scored seven goals for Ingwe and is one of the reasons why the team stabilised in the second half of the season after finding themselves in the relegation zone earlier. Isuza scored the last time his side were at home against Gor Mahia, and will be targeting another goal to help his team get maximum points from the derby.
Just like Soter Kayumba and David Ochieng, Were has been outstanding for AFC Leopards since he signed on a short-term contract. He is one of the most intelligent wingers in the KPL and can pose a threat with the ball at his feet or when crossing into the danger zone. Were can score when given an opportunity too, and he will be one of the players to watch against Gor Mahia.