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Super Cup Tit Bits: Gor Mahia show class as AFC Leopards disappoints

14:42 EAT 11/06/2018
Gor Mahia crowned champions v Simba.
K’Ogalo roared to another Super Cup title unbeaten as keeper Shaban Odhoji and striker Meddie Kagere clinched top awards in Nakuru

The 2018 Super Cup tournament came and went, leaving lasting memories on the minds of many Eastern Africa football lovers and followers.

Gor Mahia successfully defended the title after beating Simba SC of Tanzania 2-0 in the final staged at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Sunday.

Goal takes a look at some of the talking points from the annual event.

  • Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr.

    #1 Kerr proves a point to Simba SC

    After his unceremonious sacking in 2016, Dylan Kerr was a man on a revenge mission when Gor Mahia booked a date with Simba SC in the final. The Englishman was released by Simba just six months into his contract, but what a perfect chance it was for Kerr to get back at his former employer and deny them their first trip to England. Kerr led Gor Mahia to a 2-0 victory in front of the whole East Africa community to book a second date with Everton FC. Kerr’s first return to Tanzania in 2017, was also a successful one where he won the title after beating AFC Leopards 3-0 in the final.

  • Shaban Odhoji of Gor Mahia.

    #2 Shaban Odhoji keeps clean sheet

    Gor Mahia second choice goalkeeper Shaban Odhoji sent a strong statement to Boniface Oluoch with a top-notch display after ending the tournament without conceding a single goal. Odhoji has been used sparingly this season, sitting on the bench in all Gor Mahia’s major games, but the custodian won the confidence of Kerr when he produced eye catching display that was rewarded by a Golden Glove after the end of the tournament. Odhoji steered Gor Mahia to a 3-0 victory against Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumi in the opening match then stood between the post in the 2-0 semi-final victory against Singida United before wrapping the tournament with another clean sheet against Simba.

  • Meddie Kagere and Francis Kahata of Gor Mahia v Simba.

    #3 Kagere shows scoring prowess

    The Rwandan striker added another digit on his price tag with a superb performance that saw him finish as the tournament's top scorer. Kagere, who is on the radar of a number of clubs including record Tanzanian champions Yanga, scored in each of Gor Mahia's three games to finish top of the chart with four goals. Kagere opened his goal account in a 3-0 victory against Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumi, and then hit a brace in the semis against Singida United before warping the campaign with the tournament’s second fastest goal in a 2-0 victory against Simba in the final.

  • AFC Leopards player.

    #4 Yanga & AFC Leopards disappoint

    Yanga came into the tournament with an impressive CV but failed to defend their image as the record Tanzanian champions crashed out of the tournament in the first attempt. The 27-time Tanzanian Premier League winners, were knocked out by Kakamega Homeboyz, who were making their maiden appearance at the stage. Former Azam striker Allan Wanga scored a brace to stretch Yanga’s poor outing in the annual tournament having also missed a final place in the inaugural edition staged in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Just like Yanga, Kenyan side AFC Leopards will also need to do more to reclaim their tainted image on the regional stage following the lukewarm display.

  • Kakamega Homeboyz v Singida United

    #5 Young teams show mighty

    Tanzanian side Singida United and KPL outfit Kakamega Homeboyz proved a point to the old boys with another eye catching performance despite their relatively short history in the top divisions. Singida were promoted to the Tanzanian top league in 2017 but despite their short history of top flight football, they still finished above some of the oldest clubs like AFC Leopards and Yanga after beating Homeboyz in the second and third place play-off. Just like Singida, Homeboyz and Kariobangi Sharks also deserve special mentions for their performances, as well as Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumi of Zanzibar, who sent strong signals to the old boys with splendid pieces of football.