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Six players with a point to prove in the Mashemeji derby

13:23 EAT 09/11/2019
Nicholas Kipkirui and Jacques Tuyisenge of Gor Mahia v AFC Leopards.
Goal looks at six players who have a point to prove in Sunday's Mashemeji derby

  • Gor Mahia keeper David Mapigano with KPL Super Cup trophy.

    David Mapigano

    The Gor Mahia custodian has conceded four goals in six games played, with three of those coming from the first two games. K'Ogalo tasted their first league defeat on Wednesday against Mathare United.

    Mapigano will be required to be on top form to stop AFC Leopards who have one of the best-attacking departments in the division. The Tanzanian has to organize his defence well to ensure it does not leak.

  • Benjamin Ochan of AFC Leopards.

    Benjamin Ochan

    Ochan has had an immediate impact for AFC Leopards this season; having conceded just three goals in eight games played. The custodian has been making good saves for the 13-time league champions.

    Leopards have conceded 15 goals in their last seven games against Gor Mahia in which they have lost six. Ochan has to ensure he commands his line well to avoid conceding against the defending champions.

  • Francis Kahata of Gor Mahia and Soter Kayumba of AFC Leopards.

    Soter Kayumba

    Kayumba played his first-ever Mashemeji derby five months ago in the 3-1 loss to K'Ogalo. On Sunday, the former Sofapaka defender has a chance of helping Ingwe get their first win against Gor in three years.

    The defender is a good game reader and can make last-ditch tackles. Kayumba's experience will be vital against the likes of Gnamen Yikpe and Francis Afriyie.

  • TOBIAAS OTIENO of Gor Mahia v William WADRI of Bandari FC.

    Tobias Otieno

    The midfielder was signed by K'Ogalo from Sony Sugar a couple of months ago, and he has established himself as a key member for the Steven Polack led side.

    Otieno is an intelligent player who can stop an opponent's attack and initiate one in favour of his team. The 21-year old can tackle and provide cover for the defenders. He has to ensure Leopards do not shine in midfield.

  • John Makwatta of AFC Leopards vs Sofapaka.

    John Makwatta

    The 2016 Golden Boot winner has settled quite fast at AFC Leopards and has managed to score five goals already. The former Ulinzi Stars forward is aiming at helping Ingwe win their first league title since 1998.

    The 24-year old is unpredictable when within range, and K'Ogalo defenders are aware of that. He has the ability to score long-range goals and can create goals for his teammates as well.