27 Aug 17

The third edition of the 2017 Mashemeji derby is here. This particular derby finds Kogalo a good 20 points ahead of their rivals. And Kogalo have won the last three matches against Ingwe by a total score of eight to zero. However on derby day anything is possible. The favourite typically does not come out on top. This has been the case over the past 49 years in which this derby has existed. The reason being that on derby day, the players usually give their best performance. As such current form is not a good indicator of who will win.

Indeed Tobias Ocholla, a veteran of many derbies has warned Kogalo not to get carried away by their current form.

“You cannot predict who will carry the day in a derby but history shows us that a team that is struggling usually comes top. Gor Mahia has the upper hand going by their form but it will depend on how a team comes out of the block. They need to be cautious.” said the Kogalo legend popularly known as Jua Kali to goal.com.

Besides that, AFC will be buoyed by their hard fought win over Tusker last Wednesday.

“AFC Leopards performance against Tusker is a morale booster to them, but usually in a derby, the character of the coach also play a big part on who carries the day,”

Of the players on the field, the one who has played in the most derbies is Gor Mahia skipper Musa Mohamed.

“I am surprised to have played in all those derbies. 13? It’s a good feeling to be involved in a derby because any player would wish to play such a big match,” said Musa.

Mohamed’s experience will be crucial if Gor Mahia are to win and protect their six point atop the Kenya premier league.

Coach Dylan Kerr, who is coaching in his first derby, will count on in form striker Meddie Kagere who scored the midweek goal against Rangers and has scored in the last two matches against AFC. He will likely pair up upfront with fellow Rwandese Jacque Tuyisenge. While the midfield will be anchored by Philemon Otieno with Walusimbi and Muguna providing creativity.

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  • moses says:

    current history shows that AFC in poor form will give no challenge.

  • Oduor12 says:

    My take on the derby and the other matter.

    1.Even if GMFC were to win by an offside goal, hand of god i.e unfairly that is fine by me, its the nature of competition. In competition you must ensure that the playing ground is level otherwise your rival will taking advantage be it homeground or incumbency.

    2. Brewkenge recently won against Zoo Kericho but lost the game in the boardroom because they did not produce the players cards for inspection on the field.
    When we were deducted points in 2016, it was to their favour but they say what goes round comes around. Our side filed some documents late WHY, OH WHY DO WE HAVE THESE COSTLY SLIP-UPS.

    Finally whatever the outcome, RAO’s footprint is bigger any elses and forever etched when the democratic history of Kenya will be written. He made it more difficult manipulated this election and after this case the next one will even be harder.
    Therefore when the next President (in 2022) comes from Turkana, Teso, Western, Eastern or even the Makonde, it will be thanks to one man Raila Amolo Odinga. I don’t always agree with him but nobody can be begrudge him, the leading role he has played in opening the democratic space.

    Other GMFC is really soothing away the election blues for me a win today and i’ll be cured. Long Live K’Ogalo

    • Oduor12 says:

      Correction, that cure will be 100% whichever side prevails, the loss of life is unacceptable especially those of little Pendo & Moraa and here the state bears the greater responsibility. Worse is that the culprits will never be made to account, IPOA, Kaparos with their NCICs are toothless only good a chew salaries. IS A MINUTE OF SILENCE IN HONOUR OF PENDO, MORAA & AND OTHER FALLEN HEROS ASKING TO MUCH?

      • Oduor12 says:

        Poleni some grammatical corrections 1) rival will take not will taking 2) whatever the outcome of the case 3) difficult manipulating not manipulated 4) otherwise GMFC not other GMFC 5) the cure will NEVER be 100% 6) prevails in the case in matters football its only GMFC I wish to always prevail.