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Mashemeji Derby: Five things we learned from Gor Mahia vs AFC Leopards

6:35 PM SGT 11/11/19
Clifton Miheso of Gor Mahia and Senaji of AFC Leopards.
Goal notes major lessons from Sunday's top tier clash between K'Ogalo and Ingwe

  • Gor Mahia striker Gnamien Yikpe vs AFC Leopards.

    Gor Mahia are undoubted Mashemeji derby kings

    K'Ogalo recorded their seventh win in eight Mashemeji Derbies on Sunday. It underlines their superiority against the 13-time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions in recent times.

    Despite coming into the match with a seemingly 'weaker' squad as compared to Ingwe, the 18-time champions soaked up pressure before scoring four goals in the second half. Leopards have some homework to do.

  • Gor Mahia captain Kenneth Muguna in action.

    Kenneth Muguna shows class

    The skipper once again proved his importance in the game despite the pressure by both the fans and the technical bench although goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan made a good save to deny Muguna.

    The 2016 KPL Most Valuable Player provided two assists from which Gnamien Yikpe and Clifton Miheso scored. No wonder he received a standing ovation on his way out.

  • Joash Onyango of Gor Mahia and John Makwatta of AFC Leopards.

    John Makwatta flops when needed

    Prior to the Mashemeji Derby, Makwatta was the talk of the town owing to his five goals and displays in the initial eight games. Much was expected from the 2016 Golden Boot winner.

    However, the forward was not at his best on Sunday; he wasted good chances and looked lost throughout the game. The former Soldier struggled to beat the defenders and on most occasions made wrong decisions.

  • Joash Onyango of Gor Mahia vs Hansel Ochieng of AFC Leopards.

    Leopards are much improved

    Despite falling 4-1, their heaviest loss in recent times, Ingwe had a good game, especially in the first half. The scoreline does not tell the full story; it was a game of two halves.

    While K'Ogalo capitalised on their chances, Ingwe failed to make the most of theirs, especially in the first half. The midfield was composed and the 13-time champions were tactical. Too bad, they could not get a good result.

  • AFC Leopards fans demolish Kasarani v Gor Mahia.

    Fans never learn

    Acts of hooliganism have been associated with both AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia. A couple of months ago, K'Ogalo fans vandalised a section of Kasarani Stadium during their game against USM Alger, and as usual, the club paid.

    On Sunday, Leopards did the same and the club will have to pay the fine. What these fans do not understand, no sponsor would like to be associated with hooliganism.