AFC Leopards Vs Gor Mahia
My Prediction: Ingwe 1-2 K’ogalo
This is going to be a fiery affair regardless of the fact Gor Mahia are three points clear at the top of the Kenyan Premier League standings and AFC are way down in 10th, 15 points behind their opponents.
Ingwe have just five wins out of the 18 matches played which is dismal for a club that finished second last year and won the FKF Cup.
The Leopards however did pull up their socks mid-week and hopefully begin what will be their road to recovery. A convincing 2-0 win over City Stars saw them climb to 10th on the log and because points difference in the KPL are so close, another win would see them in the top eight.
But they have a mountain to climb in tomorrow’s derby. Gor Mahia may have been kicked out of the FKF Cup last weekend but they did play that game in Kisumu without their key players who were on international duty in Lesotho.
David Owino, Jerim Onyango, Godfrey Walusimbi and Geoffrey Kizito are now back and rearing to release the steam of the FKF Cup exit on their “in-laws.”
This derby is always tough to predict given that both teams have class and both teams have determination and pride to succeed. It has little to do with players and tactics. Tickets go on sale on tomorrow morning at 8am at Wells Fargo vans parked outside Nyayo Stadium and Kenya Cinema. VIP tickets will sell at Sh500 and terrace tickets at Sh300.
Police have promised very tight security on the day but I would still caution drivers to avoid the area from about 4.30pm on the day as the game will end at about 4.50pm. Depending on the score, no-one can predict the fan reaction although I do urge the fans to accept the results at the end of the game. I also urge the match officials to be fair and professional and not to incite the crowd. Pieter Hendrik de Jongh Vs Bobby Williamson. Who wants it more?