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Gor, AFC Leopards clash in ‘Mashemeji derby’

Sunday’s clash between Kenya’s most successful and popular clubs Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards will be the 82nd meeting between the two clubs in the 49-year history of ‘Mashemeji derby.’

The match promises to be a whopper. Although it will be played at Nyayo National Stadium which is the home ground of both teams, Gor Mahia will be the hosts this time round. Ingwe hosted the first leg on May 5 which Gor won 3-0.

That loss sparked off a sense of disbelief in Stewart Hall who was AFC Leopards’ coach at the time. The Englishman left the club a month later.

Ingwe can however seek comfort in the fact all their three victories over K’Ogalo in the last six years have been achieved in away matches, including their 1-0 win over Gor in March last year. 

Other than their first leg meeting this season which ended in a 3-0 win for K’Ogalo, 15-time champions K’Ogalo registered a repeat performance in the SportPesa Super Cup final in Dar es Salaam in June which saw them qualify to play English Premier League side Everton in Tanzania in July.

Statistics indicate that Ingwe have more victories than Gor in their 81 meetings so far, winning 27 times against K’Ogalo’s 24. The remaining 30 meetings have ended in draws.

In as far as the 2017 season is concerned, K’Ogalo come out as overwhelming favourites based on their position on the table as well as their tasty form in the last three months. 

Gor are sitting pretty at the summit of the standings with 43 points, six ahead of second-placed Sofapaka while Leopards are 13th in the 18-team log with 23 points.

Under new coach Dylan Kerr, Gor are yet to lose any match, and enjoy an unbeaten run spanning five games.

Ingwe, with experienced coach Robert Matano, have won six times in their 21 matches so far this season, and are placed 13th in the league standings, just eight points off the bottom.

Having managed 13 goals so far this season, Ingwe is the team with the least number of goals this season, while K’Ogalo are second behind Sofapaka in terms of goals scored, having found the back of the net 28 times this season.

Gor have lost three games this season, while Ingwe have nine defeats, although both teams come into Sunday’s game on the back of gritty 1-0 wins over Posta Rangers and Tusker respectively.

Ingwe have kept only six clean sheets so far this season against K’Ogalo’s 10 in as far as 20 league matches the two teams have played so far are concerned.

Of the players currently on either squad, only Gor’s Meddie Kagere and George Odhiambo have a chance to increase their goals tally in a Mashemeji derby.

The rest of the players have never scored in the derby.

Kagere scored a penalty last October and again netted a brace in his team’s 3-0 win in the first leg this season, while Odhiambo struck a brace in that match.

The game will kick off at 3pm at Nyayo Stadium. Match tickets will be up for sale from 11am at the match venue. Tickets will retail at Sh200 and Sh1,000.

Kagere is without doubt the most in form player in Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr’s team.

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