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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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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.


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


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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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.


-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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25 Aug 15

Reports posted on goal.com suggest that Nairobi governor Evans Kidero is moving to ban both Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards from the City of Nairobi.

“The Governor is very incensed by the acts of fans from both teams. He has condemned what happened on Sunday and has moved to ban them (Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards) from the City.” says a source to goal.com

The source has revealed to Goal that Governor Evan Kidero has also demanded that the two clubs compensate for damages caused after Sunday’s ‘Mashemeji derby’ that was called off owing to crowd trouble.

In this case Kidero would be taking a cue from Governor Mutua of Machakos who banned Gor Mahia from Machakos.

Meanwhile Kidero is silent on the fact that one of his employees, driving a city of Nairobi vehicle actually ran over several Gor Mahia fans deliberately.


After releasing the initial statement banning both clubs, Kidero rescinded it saying he had no capacity to do so immediately. He said the banning issue was being considered.

Kidero however wants compensation from organizers of the Kenya Premier League game after hundreds of fans stormed into the streets destroying property and uprooting trees along Uhuru highway.

This behaviour from fans is unnacceptable and is precisly why these teams cannot gain sponsorship while lower clubs have lucrative deals.

FKF Blames Gor Mahia

Meanwhile Sam Nyamweya has fired yet another salvo against Gor Mahia . KFF now blames Gor Mahia saying they had requested the home club and KPL to inform them of their security plans on August 19 ahead of the match in vain.
“However the League organizers KPL and the home team never responded to our letters and adamantly never invited us for any pre-event security meeting as required,” said FKF in a statement.

The statement said FKF issued out their recommended guidelines that are standard procedure during such a high risk encounter. “We also wish to point out that on match day there was a serious security lapse due to the very few police officers present and also the serious breach by the organizers by not frisking fans entering the stadium.” No buffer zone was created as per the recommendation of the governing body and both clubs stewards engaged in fights inside the perimeter fence, said the statement.

Ambrose Rachier as KPL chair has been in battle after battle with Sam Nyamweya of the FKF over issues like TV revenue sharing and how many teams will be relegated. Nyamweya is now taking it upon himself to make life difficuult for Gor Mahia. Last month he refused to pay for Gor Mahia to travel to Tanzania for the CECAFA cup despite having committed to do the same.

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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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13 Apr 15

After dropping their first points of the season during the mashemeji derby, Gor Mahia will now turn their attention to their match against Nairobi City Stars on Wednesday. Coach Nuttall, fans and players are disapointed at having dropped points but Nuttall wants players to put the disappointment behind them and focus on City Stars.

“Of course we are disappointed because we wanted to win the derby, but we must appreciate the point and shift our attention to the next game,” said Nuttall to supersport.com

Scorer Ali Abondo who continued his fine scoring form against AFC, also echoed his coaches words.

“We cannot change the results of the previous game and we cannot let it affect our psyche for the next game. We wanted to win the derby but it was not to be, now we must work towards winning the next game to maintain our lead,” said Abondo who has scored five goals in the league.” said Abondo to supersport.

It was always going to be tough in the mashemeji derby. Coach Zdravko Logarusic may not be astute when it comes to continental matches, he may not be that good at sharpening the attack. But he always has his players ready for derbies. And it showed by how hard AFC Leopards were fighting on Sunday.

“The boys gave their best against a hard fighting AFC Leopards and we unlucky not to come out of it with all the points. But now we have to prepare well for the Wednesday game and that is our focus now.” continued Nuttall.

Per the KPL website, the match against City Stars will be played on Wednesday at 4pm at the City stadium. Once again Gor Mahia have been assigned a midweek match at 4pm which makes it difficult for fans. But those who can attend should make it a priority.

KPL Praises Fans for a peaceful derby

KPL Chairman Jack Oguda has praised fans of both Gor Mahia and AFC for maintaining a peaceful atmosphere during Sunday’s derby. Oguda’s message which was posted on the KPL website reads as follows:

I thank the two teams for putting up a keen contest played under true sportsmanship behooving Fifa’s motto of fair play.

In particular, I would like to thank the two sets of fans who turned out in large numbers to give the fixture a memorable and electric atmosphere. This meeting, notorious for crowd trouble, was on Sunday played in a friendly and peaceful setting and we would like to thank the fans for observing decorum throughout.

I cannot gainsay the positives of trouble-free football matches in Kenya and indeed the world.

The two clubs, AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia, together with their passionate fans, were true ambassadors of the Kenyan game on Sunday.

My appeal to the clubs is to make good of the fan base as shown yesterday and engage them more with an aim of getting them feel like a family and have a sense of belonging.? We need clubs to generate more revenue and if the management works towards this and factor in safety and security, we will definitely increase the fan base and ensure that our arena are hospitable.

Both sets of fans congregated at the City center and maintained a peaceful atmosphere while entertaining the public. The fact that both teams are now without sponsors should give fans reason for pause. It is now clear that without good public relations, getting a sponsor is a tall order.

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28 Jul 14

Shakava and Musa tussle with Noah Wafula

Striker Dan Sserunkuma continued his impressive scoring rate against archi rivals AFC Leopards when he notched two goals. Sserunkuma who only returned from trials in Denmark two days ago was in fine form.

Sserunkuma was happy with the result but expressed disappointment that his side did not win. “It was good that I scored but we are disappointed because we never won”, he said.

Sserunkuma however vowed that his side would remain focused. “One point is not bad for now . I hope we will win the remaining matches to be the league champions” he said

Williamson left disappointing

Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson expressed dissapointment at the defensive blunder that gifted AFC the equalizer.

“I am disappointed with the result today since we could have performed way better. The decision by our goalkeeper obviously cost us the second goal” he said after the game.

The draw still leaves Gor Mahia at the top of the table after Tusker were held by Bandari.

Other Post match comments

Former Sofapaka and Ulinzi coach Salim however said that the midfield was to blame for the second goal for allowing Imbalambala too much space to shoot.

Veteran Harambee stars defender Musa Otieno also faulted Gor Mahia’s defensive which he characterized as not worthy of Gor Mahia.

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