Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards to face off in Super Cup final

By alex wafula
Jun 08, 2017
  • AFC Leopards defender Dennis Sikhayi trails down Yanga 's Samwel Greyson. (Photo Courtesy)

  • Gor Mahia's Meddie Kagere goes up for the ball against Nakuru All Stars' Peter Ng'ang'a. (Photo Courtesy)

Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards will clash in the final of the SportPesa Super Cup on Sunday after they won their respective semi-final matches on Thursday.

Gor Mahia beat National Super League side Nakuru All Stars 2-0 while AFC Leopards saw off reigning Tanzanian champions Yanga 4-2 on penalties.

This is the first time in 32 years that the Mashemeji Derby is played outside the country’s borders. The last time was in 1985 during the final of the CECAFA Kagame Cup in Sudan which Gor Mahia won 2-0.

It will not only be a prestigious stage to not only scoop Sh3mn as the winner of the tournament, but also an opportunity to book a spot to face English Premier League side Everton FC in a friendly match in Dar es Salaam on July 13.

It will be an exciting stage for Ingwe to deliver revenge just over a month and a half after their humiliating 3-0 loss to K’Ogalo in a league fixture.

More so, goalkeeper Ian Otieno who left the field of play in tears after that loss on May 7 will have a second chance to leave the pitch smiling.

The former Posta Rangers shot stopper made his first start for AFC Leopards since that loss to Gor in the Yanga game.

It was a resounding return. Otieno saved two spot kicks and scored the winner as Ingwe took the doom off their first half of 2017 to move into the final.

Otieno dived the right way to save from Said Musa and Said Juma, while stepping up to score the winner.

Skippers Bernard Mang’oli for AFC Leopards and Nadir Haroub for Yanga both scored the opening kicks.

Ingotsi attempt saved by Munishi

Youngster Marcelus Ingotsi however saw his attempt saved by Deogratius Munishi but his tears were wiped off by the on form Otieno who dived to his left to keep out Said Musa’s attempt.

Allan Katterega and Aubrey Chirwa scored the next penalties keeping the scores at 2-2 and Duncan Otieno took Ingwe to the lead with a well taken fourth spot kick.

Otieno then showed his worth, making a full stretch save to his right to punch away Said Juma’s effort.

Heading into the final round, Otieno decided to complete his day by striking his kick straight through the middle to hand his side the win.

The 90 minutes of open play ended barren and there weren’t so many open scoring chances.

Katterega had the first opportunity for the Kenyan side with a volley from outside the area which went off the mark.

Yanga’s best chance of the opening half came in the 37th minute with Aubrey Chirwa’s curling freekick missing the target by a few inches.

The second half was also a tussle of prowess between the two giants but activity infront of goal was minimal.

Yanga had a good chance in the 72nd minute when Chirwa found himself isolated inside the box but couldn’t direct a shot at goal.

Five minutes to the final whistle, Ingotsi broke into the box but his shot went straight to Munishi.

In the late kick off, Meddie Kagere’s third goal of the tournament and George ‘Blackberry’ odhiambo’s second half strike sailed Gor through against Nakuru All Stars.

The second tier side which had eliminated SImba in the quarter finals had held their own in the Gor match, but cracked when it mattered most.

Glancing header

Kagere glanced a header in from a Wellington Ochieng cross, beating the Nakuru All Stars keeper Martin Lule at his near post.

The NSL side though had shown superb fighting spirit before going down and had a few chances to make it count.

In the 24th minute, Geoffrey Maina’s connection from a low cross from the right went inches wide with Gor Mahia keeper Peter Odhiambo left rooted to his spot.

K’Ogalo also had a good scoring opportunity in the 28th minute when Kenneth Muguna put Timothy Otieno through on goal, but the striker failed to beat the keeper one on one.

Seven minutes to time, Nturukundo’s volley from a cross on the right went straight to the Gor shot stopper.

In the second half, Gor commanded more chunks of play and three minutes in, Odhiambo saw his effort from close range saved by keeper Martin Lule.

Odhiambo however atoned for that miss with a neat finish in the 82nd minute, slapping the ball home after it had come off the crossbar.

Substitute Olover Maloba had taken on a daunting run on the left before his cheeky chip over the keeper bounced off the bar.