Photo by Soka
On that eventful Sunday afternoon, simply put it was a masterclass by one team and on the other a miserable failure. The green army aiming to bounce back from a rather unexpected defeat, knew exactly what they had to do. Indeed they did, and in compelling, utter fashion romping to victory.
Such was Gor Mahia’s dominance on Sunday that AFC Leopards couldn’t come up with an answer. There might have been a scruffy moment or two, but at best they were kept at arms’ length. Gor were just in sync and were irrefutably the best team against their rivals. Sadly this has been so for a while now.
One almost felt pity on AFC considering their proud history, an expectation of a competitive edgy game is always on everyone’s mind. The conclusion is rather coherent; one team showed up while the other did not.
Gor has been having the better of AFC Leopards in recent history. The last time AFC won the league was way back in 1998, a pretty much distant memory considering there are fans of the club, who were born after and have never seen Leopards’ lift the trophy. Their recent capitulation at the hands of their rivals sums up what has become of them. A team that fails to show up when it matters most.
Of course this is not a column to throw shade at the mighty Ingwe which is a club with an admirable history. Let’s not forget that this is a club with credentials that most of the other clubs if not all in East Africa would only dream to have. The club formed back in 1964 has won the league an astonishing 13 times, the Kenya Cup 8 times and the CECAFA Cup 5 times. This is clearly a club that had a winning formula and pride that existed and a club that is to be revered.
For now though, this new batch of players under the guidance of Ezekiel Akwana have a lot to prove if they are to ever come close to the AFC Leopards that ruled football and earn that heavyweight tag.
Story by Windecku Mikey