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FEATURE: Gor Mahia's dominance over AFC Leopards’ in the Mashemeji Derby

07:34 BST 17/05/2019
Gor Mahia striker Jaxques Tuyisenge v AFC Leopards.
The two Kenyan giants will face off in a derby that could decide the destiny of the KPL title this season

The Mashemeji Derby has recently turned into a Gor Mahia feast, given the fact that AFC Leopards have never beaten their rivals since 2016.

K’Ogalo have managed three consecutive wins against Ingwe in recent matches, pitting the two most successful clubs on Kenyan soil.

In the last three matches, two that were played in 2018 and one in 2019, all were won by the current league reigning champions who scored six goals in the process and conceded just one.

Ingwe were able to pick their last point against Gor Mahia in August 2017 after a 1-1 draw in a match that saw Meddie Kagere get the Green Army a goal and then Samuel Ndung’u scored to level the match for Leopards. None of the players involved in that game features for the two sides today.

Since 2011, Gor Mahia have won two of their matches against AFC Leopards with a margin of three goals. Selenga Mangili, Wycliffe Ochomo, and Dan Makori got themselves onto the scoresheet for the Green Army as they went home 3-1 victors while veteran striker Mike Baraza pulled one back for Ingwe in July 2011.

In the second win K’Ogalo got another three goals and a win in May of 2017 where Timothy Otieno, George Odhiambo and Meddie Kagere ensured that Gor Mahia’s dominance over their arch-rivals continued as they struck one goal each.

Come June of 2017, another scoreline of 3-0 was achieved by the 17-time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions. Otieno, who joined Tusker thereafter, was among the scorers in that particular match again. Oliver Maloba and John Ndirangu struck the last two goals of that tie.

AFC Leopards’ last win, where they managed to put three past Gor Mahia, was in June 2014. Jacob Keli, Charles Okwemba and Bernard Wanyama were Ingwe’s heroes then while the only goal for the Green Army was struck by Joseph Wanyonyi.

In fact, Gor Mahia took the lead in that particular showdown but ended up conceding two goals in the second half.

Since 2010 The Green Army have kept a record eight clean sheets whenever they have met with AFC Leopards. Ingwe’s record on cleansheets pales in comparison as they have just five to their name. The last time they managed one in a competitive match was in 2016 when they won the match 1-0 courtesy of Lamine Diallo’s effort.

The Mashemeji clubs have ended up sharing points from matches five times in the last nine years. A 0-0 draw in March 2013 remains the only draw where goals were not conceded, unlike the succeeding ties.

2-2 consecutive draws followed in August 2013 and in July 2014. Paul Were, who has returned to AFC Leopards, scored one of the goals in 2013 for Ingwe and another was struck by Noah Wafula. David Owino and Dan Sserunkuma were Gor Mahia’s scorers in that draw.

The 2014 draw came in the second leg of that season where Sserunkuma bagged a brace after his strikes in the 43rd and 47th minutes were enough to seal a point for his side.

As he did in the draw of the previous year, Wafula scored AFC Leopards first goal before Martin Imbalambala struck in the 83rd minute to make it 2-2.

Taking a look at the goals conceded in the last six matches, Gor Mahia once again looks supreme, having just let in two goals while Ingwe have conceded a record 10 goals in that period.