Tag: Gor Mahia vs AFC Leopards



11 Jun 17


In 1985 in Khartoum, Gor Mahia playing without six players who had been suspended by CAF and CECAFA, beat much fancied rivals AFC 2-0 to lift the CECAFA club cup. In 2017, Gor Mahia are the champions of the inaugural Sportpesa Super Cup after beating arch rivals AFC by a 3-0 score. The goals came from Timothy Otieno in the 59th minute and Oliver Maloba in the 72nd minute and John “Softie” Ndirangu in the 91st minute.

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AFC Leopards had hoped for revenge against K’Ogalo who beat them 3-0 in a Premier League fixture in May, but their bid fell flat out with a horrible second half performance against a half strength Gor side.

The 15-time Kenyan Premier League champions were missing up to eight first team players, but it didn’t show a bit against an Ingwe side who were almost full strength with the only first team absentees being Robinson Kamura and injured Mungai Kiongera.

Gor, the only side in the tournament to win their previous knockout games in regulation time was the better of the two finalists and Ingwe struggled to create clear cut chances.

Head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira had returned to the touchline after missing the two previous matches and it gave the side a morale booster with most of the second choice players seeing an opportunity to impress the boss.

Meddie Kagere, crowned the tourney’s top scorer had the earliest chance of the game, but he missed a header by inches when he rose to meet a Wellington Ochieng cross. Innocent Wafula also had a header go wide from Francis Kahata’s delivery.

Salim Abdallah came to AFC’s rescue in the 26th minute when he cleared a few centimeters off the line after Francis Kahata’s lob had beaten Ian Otieno.

Timothy Otieno had a superb opportunity in the 34th minute when he was picked out by Kagere inside the box, but he could not get a meaningful shot on the ball, his effort going wide.

Allan Katterega had Ingwe’s best chances of the game, but both went begging. In the 36th minute, his well struck shot from the edge of the box went straight to keeper Fredrick Odhiambo while five minutes later, a header from a Marcus Abwao cross went over.

Gor came from the half time break breathing fire in attack. George Odhiambo had a shot in the 48th minute saved by Otieno before Kenneth Muguna rattled the crossbar with a well struck 52nd minute freekick.

On the hour mark, the 15-time KPL champions broke the deadlock when Otieno paid up for all his missed chances in the first half, striking a low shot into the bottom right of Otieno’s goal.

Ten minutes later, AFC’s Duncan Otieno came close to an equalizer but his rasping shot from the edge of the box was saved by Odhiambo in the Gor goal.

With barely three minutes on the pitch, substitute Maloba made it 2-0 with a simple touch into the net from an Odhiambo cross. AFC were punished after losing the ball cheaply in attack and Gor initiated a counter which bore the goal.

Ndirangu then crowned off the afternoon with a well struck effort from the edge of the box, also after just having come in.


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7 May 17

Kagere celebrates with team after scoring

Two first half goals from Meddie Kagere and George Odhiambo and a close ranger header from Timothy Otieno gave Kogalo a 3-0 lead. It represents the largest score by which Gor Mahia have beaten AFC since they thrashed them 5-1 in 1975.

All three goals were well constructed. The first  one resulted when Timothy Otieno latched onto a long pass and lifted the ball above AFC goalkeeper  Ian Otieno in the AFC goal, to make it easy for Meddie Kagere to score the opener in the 18th minute.

The second goal resulted from a precise defence splitting pass from Kenneth Muguna which found Blackberry who had beaten the Ingwe offside trap. Finding himself one on one with Ian Otieno, Blackberry calmly chipped the ball over the hapless goalkeeper for the second goal as Gor Mahia raced to a 2-0 half time lead.

The third goal came in the 83rd minute. From a counter attack, Kenneth Muguna raced towards the AFC goal but he was cynically fouled. The resulting free-kick was taken by Geoffrey Walusimbi who flighted a well driven ball  towards the AFC goal. Kagere cleverly backheeled the ball but it hit the cross bar leaving Ian Otieno well beaten. AFC defenders inexplicably stood still leaving Timothy Otieno wide open. Timothy could not believe his lack but he calmly headed the ball into the net.

All in all Gor Mahia were the better side. Boniface Oluoch was steady in goal albeit he had some moments of overconfidence when handling backpasses that left fans holding their breath.

The defence of Karim Nizigiyimana, Wellington Ochieng, Harun Shakava and Musa Mohamed completely bottled the much vaunted Ingwe attack of Gilbert Fiamenyo, Paul Kiongera and Allan Kataregga, leaving them ineffective.

In Midfield, Wendo proved effective, disrupting AFC moves and silencing those who have been demanding the return of Gattuso. While Walusimbi, Kahata and Muguna linked up really well with the attack of Timothy Otieno, Blackberry and Kagere.

It was an important result for Kogalo as AFC are one of the teams breathing down their neck. The result leave Gor Mahia in second place, still two points behind leaders Posta Rangers.

For Ze Maria it gives him some much needed breathing space especially after he had been threatened by a club official that if he lost this game, he would be out of a job.

Image courtesy of Caleb Oluoch


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5 May 17

Both teams met govenor Kidero at City hall on Friday

With concerns over security and lack of a venue set aside, the two biggest arch-rivals in Kenya football will clash at Nyayo stadium this Sunday. With only two points separating the two sides, it is bound to be a tense derby.

Last season, Gor Mahia lost the first leg 0-1 but avenged the loss by beating Ingwe 2-0 in the return leg with goals from Meddie Kagere and Enock Agwanda.

In Sunday’s derby, Gor Mahia will once again rely on Kagere’s scoring instincts, particularly if Jacque Tuyisenge who is nursing an injury, misses the match. Tuyisenge picked up a knee injury in Sunday’s dissapointing loss to Mathare.

“Jack has a little knee injury but I hope it will not be serious and he can be able to play on Sunday. We will look at him over the next two days and decide whether he will be fit enough to play,” said coach Ze Maria to Capital Sports.

In defence, Gor Mahia will be hard pressed to contain the Ingwe duo of burly Ghanaian Fiamenyo and Ugandan Allan Kataregga, both of whom have scored key goals this season. Fiamenyo who has scored four goals this season, typically uses his massive frame to shrug off defenders and uses quick bursts to run into open space. The task of containing him falls to Musa Mohamed and Harun Shakava.

In Midfield, Gor Mahia will be boosted if Kenneth Muguna who missed last weekend’s action returns. Muguna was nursing an injury last weekend but returned to training this week.

“Jack has a little knee injury but I hope it will not be serious and he can be able to play on Sunday. We will look at him over the next two days and decide whether he will be fit enough to play,” continued Ze Maria.

Whereas AFC supporters appear content with their coach, Gor Mahia fans have been unhappy with Ze Maria. Last weekend, fans barricaded the team and questioned the technical bench, prompting team trainer Sandro Fantino to threaten to fight fans. And Ze Maria knows the pressure of winning a derby, having participated in matches pitting bitter rivals Brazil and Argentina. The Brazilian tactician is optmistic of a positive result on Sunday.

“We know AFC Leopards are a good side and they have been training for the match. We have also prepared and we will play well in search of a possible win.” he said to goal.com

Ze Maria has also instructed his players to stop reading social media comments. Last week there were reports that Tuyisenge in particular has lost his confidence due to harsh criticisms online.

““We are doing more of interpersonal discussions and less of pitch training. This is because I need get the pressure off these players’ minds. They need to focus on the game, not on the comments being made on social media. I work best under pressure, but the same is not true for the players. Players get easily discouraged by criticism so I have asked them to stay away from social media for their own good,” said Ferreira to the Nation.

Ingwe coach Stewart Hall for his part, played coy and insisted that this is just a normal game.

“We have been doing our normal training, this is a match like any other and there is nothing new or extra-ordinary with this game. As usual we have to give our best and try win maximum points; that is all that matters. But I am expecting a very exciting game this weekend.” said Hall to goal.com

Hall will be coaching in his first mashemeji derby. But he is not intimidated and insists that he knows what to expect.

“I am not new to such derbies. In the clubs that I coached previously, there were such high profile matches which I took charge of. This will not be different. I have attended the Mashemeji derby in the past so I know what to expect. All that is required is to be mentally prepared for the match and that confidence is what we are working on.” said Hall to the Nation.

Fans

Will the fans behave?

With Nyayo stadium still under renovation, any damage to the stadium is likely to be punished heavily. So one would hope that fans will behave themselves. Gor Mahia fans in particular will have hopefully learned from last year’s debacle that saw them lose three crucial points that eventually cost them the title.

Nairobi governor Evans Kidero, who gave both teams Ksh 200,000, urged the fans of both sides to maintain peace during the derby.  Kidero also said that renovation at City Stadium is on track.


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3 May 17

Update

Kenya Premier League and Nyayo stadium management have reached an agreement to host the Mashemeji derby this Sunday.

“Following a successful meeting between the Kenyan Premier League management and the management of the Nyayo National Stadium, Kenyan Premier League would like to confirm that the facility owners have agreed to exceptionally allow the AFC Leopards SC-Gor Mahia FC match to be played at the venue on Sunday, 07 May 2017, kick off time 3PM,” read a statement posted on goal.com

With Nyayo stadium still being renovated for the IAAF world championships, security is should be tight and fan misbehaviour will result in heavy punishments.

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The highly  anticipated contest pitting Gor Mahia against AFC Leopards that was scheduled for this Sunday at Afraha has been put off by the KPL due to security issues. KPL in consultation with clubs and KPL has determined that Afraha is not a suitable stadium and neither is any other venue besides Nyayo and Kasarani.

“Following intensive consultations between the KPL vice-chairman Erick Oloo, AFC Leopards chairman Dan Mule, Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier and the FKF president Nick Mwendwa, it has been unanimously decided that owing to the home team’s confirmation on being unable to provide adequate security, no chance can be taken at hosting the match at Afraha,” the KPL statement said.

Therefore the match will be played only when either Nyayo or Kasarani is available.  These two Nairobi venues are currently undergoing government-commissioned renovations in readiness to host both the IAAF World Under-18 Championship and the Africa Nations Championship football tournament in July this year and January/February next year, respectively.

The match was highly anticipated because the two teams are literally neck and neck in the league standings with Gor Mahia in second place with 16 points, only two ahead of AFC who are in fourth place with 14 points.

This fiasco brings into focus the lack of quality stadiums in Kenya. Both Gor Mahia and AFC leopards have struggled to make money from their home matches this season because they have played home matches in sub par stadia like Thika and Afraha


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25 Oct 16

Gor Mahia’s Brazilian tactician Ze Maria has been a man besieged for the past two months or so. But relieves a coaches pressure than winning a derby. It also helps that the gap between Gor Mahia and leader’s Tusker went from 6 points to 4 points. And with three matches. left, Gor Mahia havea shot at the title. For the time being at least, Gor Mahia fans have put aside their lack of faith in the former Gor Mahia international.

Ze Maria for his part praised the players and credited the win to the good preparations that the team had this week.

“It was a great performance for the team and I congratulate them. We wanted to win the match and to get maximum points which we did. The players were focused and we also prepared well this week where we tried different things so the guys did well and I am very happy for the win from the match,” he stated to supersport.com

Gor Mahia were the better side throughout the game and created numerous chances coming close several times with players like Blackberry, Tuyisenge and Kagere. Youngster Eric Ouma was arguably man of the match, completely bottling the AFC attacker Buko whiule making numerous forays upfront. His well weighted cross found Agwanda in perfect position to score.

Skipper and long serving defender Musa Mohamed also thought that Gor Mahia deserved the win as he praised his team-mates.

“The game was very tough and I want to congratulate my teammates we fought so hard today and got a result we deserved although it was not easy, Tusker drawing gives us hope, we now have a chance to win title and we will fight till the final day he said to futaa.com

Musa also stressed the need for Gor Mahia to find consistency in order to have any chance at winning.

“It is true we’ve been inconsistent this season but I believe we can win our remaining games.  If we play like we played against Leopards then I believe we will win our remaining matches” he continued


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23 Oct 16


Gor Mahia beat arch rivals AFC Leopards for the first time since the Logarucic era
Additional reprting from goal.com
Gor Mahia revived their slim hopes of winning league title after they beat rivals AFC Leopards at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday

Gor Mahia defeated their fierce rivals AFC Leopards 2-0 in a hotly contested match played at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.

This is a match that usually attracts massive crowd and Sunday was no different as fans of both the Green Army and Ingwe came in large numbers to cheer their respective sides.

K’Ogalo came into the battle knowing anything less than three points would kill their bid to defend their crown, with AFC Leopards also aware that maximum points were all the side needed to at least make a step forward into the top eight positions.

Gor Mahia, who were boosted with the return of Collins “Gattuso’ Okoth, started a brighter side of the two, threatening earlier on in the third minute as George Odhiambo was left free, but Jacques Tuyisenge failed to connect the resultant cross with the goal at his mercy. In the sixth minute, Karim Nizigiyimana was at it again, crossing the ball but Edwin Wafula cleared it.

Ingwe finally had a chance of their own in the eighth minute courtesy of Paul Kiongera, who hit a long range effort that went wide. As the first half continued, it was Gor Mahia, who looked the better side, threatening regularly, but was unable to get the ball into the back of the net.

At the stroke of half time, Gor Mahia won a corner that was delivered by Francis Kahata, but Tuyisenge hit the cross-bar with keeper Lucas Indeche well beaten, and the ball was put into a safe position by Wafula. After the break, AFC Leopards came stronger trying to break a stubborn Gor Mahia defense, and in the 55th minute, Paul Kiongera did well to go past Haron Shakava but he hurriedly released a pass in search of Kepha Aswan which defender Musa Mohammed did well save.

Gor Mahia continued pressing, with full backs Karim Nizigiyimana, and Eric Ouma bringing crosses that troubled Ingwe defense. However, it was Tuyisenge, who was brought down in the danger zone, and the referee had the easiest of decisions awarding Gor Mahia a penalty.

Meddie Kagere rose to the occasion, sending Indeche the wrong way to give K’Ogalo a deserved lead in the 64th minute.

AFC Leopards coach Ezekiel Akwana responded by bringing in Alfred Wekesa and Yusuf Suf in places of Simon Abuko and Andrew Tololwa, but it was substitute Enock Agwanda, who had replaced Collins Okoth, who finished off Ingwe in the 83rd minute.

The former Sofapaka man hit the roof of the net, after Eric Ouma had floated in a wonderful cross from the right. The result puts the defending champions firmly in contention for the title, after Tusker were held to a 1-1 draw by Nairobi City Stars.

AFC Leopards: Lucas Indeche (GK) (C), Edwin Wafula, Cresten Mwanzo, Eugene Ambulwa, Joshua Mawira, Bernard Ongoma, Simon Abuko, Moussa Sissoko, Andrew Tololwa, Mungai Kiongera, Kepha Aswani.

Subs: Edwin Mukolwe (GK), Yakubu Ramadhan, Haroun Nyakha, Bernard Mangoli, Yusuf Suf, Alfred Wekesa, Jack Bruno.

Gor Mahia: 23. Bonface Oluoch -GK, 14. Karim Nzigiyimana, 5. Musa Mohammed (Cpt), 18. Haron Shakava, 21. Eric Ouma, 6. Collins Okoth, 8. Francis Kahata, 22. Maddie Kagere, 25. George Odhiambo, 9. Jacques Tuyisenge, 2. Godfrey Walusimbi.

Subs: 1. Jerim Onyango -GK, 4. Wellington Ochieng, 3. Abouba Sibomana, 11. Amos Nondi, 29. Innocent Wafula, 27. Jacob Keli, 24. Enock Agwanda.


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20 Oct 16

With Gor Mahia’s hopes of retaining the KPL title for a record fourth time having been significantly dimmed on Wednesday, attention will now shift to the Sunday encounter between the arch rivals Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards on Sunday.

This derby is important for Gor Mahia fans as they have not actually beaten Ingwe since Logarusic left. Last season Gor Mahia were likely on their way to defeating AFC in the second leg. Gor Mahia were awarded a penalty. As Meddie Kagere stepped forward to take the kick, Ingwe fans disrupted the match by pelting the goalmouth area with stones. The match was abandoned and Gor Mahia awarded the match 2-0.

And this year the match occurred just as Gor Mahia were in a significant dip in form. AFC won 1-0. It is for this reasons that the derby will be important for Kogalo fans. Coach Ze Maria who is coaching in his first derby will have been told about the significance of this match. AFC for their part aare buoyed by the arrival of a new coach in Stewart Hall.

Kickoff: Sunday 23-October-2016 15:00 at Nyayo Stadium

Ticketing Information

courtesy of futaa.com:
Fans will pay to watch Mashemeji Derby pitting AFC Leopards against Gor Mahia slated for Sunday 23 October through Mpesa service and not through paper tickets as has been the norm, Leopards have announced.

Ingwe will host Gor Mahia in a crunch KPL match with the bragging rights at stake when the two rivals face off.

Leopards had however decided to go paperless in ticketing for the derby and fans will pay to watch the match through Safaricom Mpesa service as confirmed by Ingwe through their social media pages.

Details

-AFC Leopards SC NEC officially announces the sale of Mashemeji Derby tickets as below:
Vip tickets will be sold at Kshs. 1000 whereas Terraces will be sold at Kshs.300.
Tickets can be purchased through Paybill number : 964850, Account number 2316(VIP) and 2317(Terraces).
Tickets will go on sale as from today (Thursday 20/10/2016) 1800hrs to Sunday 23/10/2016, 1200 hrs. No manual tickets will be printed, the SMS confirmation message with the ticket number is sufficient. No tickets will be sold at the venue, read the post.

 


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29 Feb 16

Will Abondo return to the starting line-up?

With the continental campaign having come to a sudden but expected end, Gor Mahia will now shift attention to the local scene where they have two difficult yet pivotal matches: On Thursday, Gor Mahia taken on Ulinzi Stars at Afraha stadium. Three days later they confront arch rivals AFC Leopards at Nyayo stadium.

Both matches are pivotal since both Ulinzi and AFC Leopards are contenders. Both teams have four points from two games. And last season, the matches against both of these teams were inconclusive. Gor Mahia played Ulinzi with four matches left in the league. The game was marred by rough play as coach Robert Matano instructed his side to disrupt Gor Mahia by employing robust tackles. The game ended scoreless. Frank Nuttall should employ some gamesmanship by reminding the referees of Ulinzi’s rough play last season and ask them to be more watchful. The first leg match in May ended in a 2-0 win for Gor Mahia with Kagere and Olunga scoring.

Against AFC, the latter proved a tough nut to crack. Derby matches are always unpredictable. AFC were about to finally crack when they conceded a late penalty. Only for their fans to disrupt the match with acts of hooliganism.

For Gor Mahia, they will be strongly motivated to put aside their poor start. Coach Nuttall should be able to call upon players who have been unavailable of late including Ali Abondo, Francis Kahata, Innocent Wafula and Khalid Aucho. The latter two have played sparingly since they returned late.

Abondo and his clinical finishes is the man Gor Mahia will be hoping can provide a boost in the same manner he did last season, scoring crucial goals when Olunga and Kagere were yet to find their scoring boots. The Madagascan media reports that against CNaPS on Saturday, Gor Mahia dominated most of the first half but could not convert their possession into goals. In the second half they ran out of steam. A similar scenario ensued against Chemelil Sugar. Abondo could be the man to break this cycle.


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21 Aug 15

Coach Frank Nuttall is keeping his players in the right frame of mind for the upcoming mashemeji derby by reminding them that it is just another league match.

“I know this is usually the biggest game and every player in the two sides has been psyching for it. But then again, it is just any other league game with three points at stake,” However, just as we have done throughout the season, we go into every game for the three points and against AFC Leopards, we will once again be out to get the three points,” said Nuttall to supersport.com

Yet this is not just any other game. Leopards may be out of contention for the league title but they would like nothing better than to win the derby and end Gor Mahia’s unbeaten run. To that effect, Ingwe players have been working hard this week.

But Nuttall will also prepare and motivate his side. Not only do they need to keep their momentum towards the title going, but they need to win a derby they have not won in a long time. Gor Mahia did not beat AFC during the Bobby Williamson era and the first leg this season ended in a tie.

To that effect, coach Nuttall rested several key players

 


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9 Apr 15


The first mashemeji derby of 2015 is set for this Sunday at Nyayo stadium. Despite their indifferent form in the Africa champions league, Gor Mahia’s form on the local scene has been nothing short of superb. Based on current form Gor Mahia should be able to subdue arch rivals AFC Leopards. But anyone who has been following the mashemeji derby for past few years knows that current form is no indicator of the end result. In fact on many occassions, the team that has the most possession and more chances often loses.

Gor Mahia fans will be hoping that current form holds on Sunday. Gone is Dan Sserunkuma, the man who always gave AFC nightmares. The man who fans will be counting on to take Sserunkuma’s mantle and who could make all the difference this Sunday is striker Meddie Kagere. The Rwandese attacker has shown himself to be a poised and deadly finisher. He is proving doubters wrong. When he was signed in January, some fans complained that he was being signed based on his form from 2011 whereas his recent form has not been anything to write about. Indeed Kagere had a forgettable stint in the Albanian league. But his he has resuscitated the form that saw him end as the top scorer in the CECAFA cup. His second goal against KCB left observers with their mouths agape. After picking up a through ball from Michael Olunga, he rapidly weaved his way past his markers before beating former Gor Mahia goalkeeper Zachary Onyango with a brilliantly taken finish.

The Coaching factor

AFC coach Zdravko Logarusic has proven himself an astute tactician when it comes to derbies. Very good at exploiting weaknesses in the other team. During his stint as Gor Mahia coach, he always won the mashemeji derby. It comes as no surprise that he was seen at the KCB match observing Gor Mahia play. Coach Nuttall should be forewarned and rectify any weaknesses that Loga could exploit.

Speaking of Nuttall, he says he is no stranger to derbies.
“I’ve been involved in derbies before and this will not be any different. In Kenya it will be my first derby but I’m ready for it. The players are also ready for the match,” Nuttall said

Recent Record
It has been quite a while since Gor Mahia beat AFC. In fact Gor Mahia never did win the mashemeji derby throughout the tenure of former coach Bobby Williamson. The last match ended in a 2-2 draw.


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