Gor, Leopards derby slated for Kasarani

By nesta kizito
Aug 16, 2021

The much awaited derby between Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards will be played on August 25 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.  

There had been fears that following a ban imposed on Gor by the Sports Stadia Management Board, SSMB, that the match would be pushed to a later date.

Following the trail of destruction the club fans caused at Kasarani during their last match at the venue, SSMB last early this week banned the club from all its venues and also slapped them with a Sh 2.8 million fine.

But late on Friday, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) directed the date and venue of the match remain unchanged on condition that Gor Mahia deposit Sh 1 million in advance with SSMB to indemnify on any possible damages to the facility.

The joint KPL/FKF meeting, however, resolved that the match will be played in an empty venue should Gor fail to honour the advance payment.

Gor Mahia have also been directed to provide a security plan acceptable to SSMB, FKF and KPL with seven days.

Gor Mahia have dropped four crucial points in two consecutive barren draws against Tusker and City Stars. Getting back to winning ways is the priority at this point in time, bans and fines notwithstanding.

Current form team

Their bitter rivals AFC Leopards on the other hand, despite the general consensus that they are the current form team, have troubles of their own.

Apparently, their coach Luc Eymael has taken flight to his native Belgium, and even though the club has treated the manner in a hush hush manner, all indications are that Eymael will not be returning to Ingwe’s den.

The timing of Eymael’s walk out is very odd considering that the club’s current fine run is directly credited to him. But stranger is the fact that not too long ago, Zdravko Logarusic left Gor Mahia under similar circumstances after retreating to a secret hideout in his native Croatia.

And just like Logarusic before him, Eymael is understood to have placed a raft of demands in an apparent move to hold the club at ransom. Leopards have refused to budge and insist that the coach sneaked out of the country without their knowledge and without official leave.

The club now faces another crisis on their bench, barely four month’s into Eymael’s tenure.

The club has explicitly stated that Eymael’s assistant, Nicholas Muyoti, will be the man in charge when Ingwe face City Stars on Sunday at Nyayo Stadium as the teams plays catch at the top.

The standout fixture will, however, be between 2010 champions Ulinzi Stars and current title holders Tusker at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.

Ulinzi lost their last match at home to AFC Leopards, but even coming from a busy week at the East Africa Military Game, the Lanet based soldiers will relish a fight with the brewers.

 Meanwhile, Bandari moved one place up the Kenyan Premier League table despite settling for an uninspiring 1-1 draw with Mathare United at City Stadium on Friday.

Evenly balanced match

The evenly balanced match exploded into life in the final quarter of an hour with Mathare drawing first blood in the 78th minute courtesy of Francis Ouma’s towering header from Osborne Monday’s perfectly weighted free kick from the right.

However, Bandari hit back almost immediately, also from a free kick which Mathare’s back line failed to clear to gift David Tevelu with an easy goal.

The result saw the dockers provisionally move past AFC Leopards into third place with 31 points. But Leopards stand a chance of regaining their position or even move higher up the log when they play Nairobi City Stars on Sunday at the Nyayo National Stadium. Mathare United remains put at position thirteen with 21 points.

The Slum Boys have now gone five matches without winning. Earlier at the same venue, KCB and Chemelil Sugar played out a drab barren draw that saw the bankers move one place up in the standings to sixth spot with 29 points whereas the sugar millers are none movers at ninth place with 28 points.

Scoring chances were at a premium with the only clear cut opportunity falling on Chemelil’s Jared Omwenga late in the first half but he was unlucky to see his half volley on the turn cannoning off the upright and into the waiting hands of Sammy Okinda.

The sugar millers imposed themselves in the contest later in the second half but in the end they failed to take the few chances they created.

KPL Weekend Fixtures

Saturday: Gor Mahia vs Muhoroni Youth (City - 3pm) Western Stima vs Karuturi Sports (Bukhungu - 2pm) Sunday: Thika United vs Sony Sugar (Thika - 3pm) Homeboyz vs Sofapaka (Bukhungu - 3pm) AFC Leopards vs City Stars (Nyayo - 3pm) Ulinzi Stars vs Tusker (Afraha - 3pm)