Sports / In-Depth
Tuesday, 25 Oct 2016 18:24 EATtmatalanga@kenyafreepress.com
Over the last few weeks a great resurgence by Gor Mahia has given their faithful fans great hopes of securing a fourth premier league title after the league leaders, Tusker F.C., stumbled to a 1-1 draw against Nairobi City Stars. K’Ogalo as they are commonly known started the season on a low note but strode into better form as the league progressed.
K’Ogalo being the most illustrious football club in the country defeated their traditional arch-rivals AFC Leopards in the ‘Mashemeji’ derby on Sunday to lay claim on a share of what was thought to be Tusker F.C’s premier league title to lose. Gor Mahia has already won the title 15 times, two more than Leopards, and boast of being the only club from Kenya and the entire CECAFA region to bask in continental glory after winning the African Cup Winners Cup in 1987.
As always, the derby was expected to bear a lot of pressure from both sides of the camp. The match went on although marred by scenes of hooliganism. Meddie Kagere opened the scoring through a penalty in the 75th minute, while Enoch Agwanda came off the bench to double K’Ogalo’s lead. A lapse in concentration in the last quarter of the game from the Leopards is what made the difference for Gor.
AFC Leopards on their part have been on a very poor spell having lost four and drawn two of their last six games. They currently lie 13th on the SportPesa Premier League standings. The club last won the league in 1998 and surely needs to improve on its recent performances. Being the second most successful after K’Ogalo should be motivation enough to help them prepare for the coming season. The 2016 season for Ingwe has been an uninspiring one. I believe the fans have the right to demand a better performance as we draw near to the close of this season and going towards the new season.
Tusker could win this year’s title regardless of what Gor achieves if they garner maximum points from their three remaining matches. Gor on its part still believe they can win the title for a fourth consecutive year if they register a win in the remaining three matches and Tusker F.C. drops points.
The top five currently in the standings are Tusker, Gor Mahia, Chemilil Sugar, Western Stima and Mathare United while the bottom five are Thika United, AFC Leopards, Ushuru F.C, Sofapaka and Nairobi City Stars. Sofapaka and City stars together with Ushuru face relegation into the nationwide league.
As a football fan all I can hope now is for the best club to win the title of league champions of Kenya and by best club, I mean the club which has the most desire, determination or even passion to win it. Let us lift up Kenyan football standards great.
Matalanga is a student of journalism at the East Africa School of Media Studies and an intern writer at the Kenya Free Press.