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Mashemeji Derby Tit Bits: No chaos as Gor Mahia topple AFC Leopards

12:33 SAST 2018/07/23
Ezekiel Owade Abdallah Juma and Whyvonne Isuza of AFC Leopards.
Goal takes a look at the key talking points from the derby that left K’Ogalo perched at the summit of the table with a 12-point lead over Sofapaka

  • Gor Mahia players Ephraim Guikan Tuyisenge v AFC Leopards.

    #1 Gor Mahia maintain dominance

    K’Ogalo registered their fourth victory in the last five games against AFC Leopards, to keep the bragging right over their rivals. AFC Leopards are yet to beat Gor Mahia since May, 2016. Since October, 2016, Gor Mahia have scored 11 goals against Ingwe, who have only two to show for. The best result AFC Leopards have managed against their ‘in-laws’ was a 1-1 draw in August 2017, at the Machakos Stadium.

  • Gor Mahia fans with coach Dylan Kerr v AFC Leopards.

    #2 Dylan Kerr yet to lose a derby

    K'Ogalo are yet to lose a league match this season and the man, who is behind the recent run by the record Kenyan champions, Dylan Kerr is yet to lose to rivals Ingwe. Since his arrival in the domestic league in July, 2017, Kerr has picked four of the available six league points from Ingwe. During the period, the Englishman has come top against three coaches from the Den. Only Robert Matano managed to deny him the maximum point in a 1-1 draw in the second leg last season. Argentine Rodolfo Zapata and Tanzania counterpart, Dennis Kitambi (Super Cup) have also bowed to the ‘legend’.

  • Whyvonne Isuza and Ezekiel Odera of AFC Leopards v Gor Mahia.

    #3 Salim ‘Shittu’ Abdalla blunder

    AFC Leopards’ match day captain Salim Abdalla clearly proved the old adage that a Derby is won (lost), not by the team’s current form nor the past record, but by the team that commits least mistakes. But in this case, the defender was on the opposite end of the story with a schoolboy mistake that gifted Gor Mahia the opening goal after Jacques Tuyisenge pounced on a poor back pass to give K’Ogalo the lead.

  • Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge v AFC Leopards.

    #4 Beautiful goals scored

    The opening goal from Rwandan striker, Jacques Tuyisenge one-touch finish, was a classical one but Ingwe’s equalizer from Whyvonne Isuza was a perfect piece of art. Isuza powered a bicycle kick past a hapless Boniface Oluoch, who was left exposed by his defenders. George Odhiambo, however, cancelled out the debate of the best goal of the day with a volley after connecting a Francis Kahata’s well-floated ball from the right to hand K’Ogalo, not only three points, but also the bragging rights.

  • Gor Mahia fans v AFC Leopards at Kasarani.

    #5 Improved attendance

    The fans turn out at Kasarani was one of the best attendance ever recorded in a KPL game in the recent past. Even though the 60, 000 sitter Kasarani Stadium was not filled to capacity, organizers crafted a plan to fill the middle deck, thereby crowding the ever-enthusiastic fans in one place for better decibel. Compared to the last attendance (at Machakos), the crowd, that turned up for the show, was a clear testament that Kenyan fans are slowly gaining confidence in the domestic league.

  • Ezekiel Odera of AFC Leopards v Innocent Wafula of Gor Mahia.

    #6 ​​No chaos witnessed in the derby

    Just like most derbies across the world, Gor Mahia’s clash against AFC Leopards is known mostly for the hooliganism that accompanies the game than the final results. The last time Kasarani accommodated a huge number of Gor Mahia fans, ugly scenes of unruly fans washed out the beautiful display that K’Ogalo put up against English Championship side, Hull City. But for the third time in a row, both sets of fans from Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards peacefully walked out of the stadium with no single case of hooliganism.