It's all systems go for the Mashemeji derby set for Sunday
The 93rd edition of the Mashemeji derby headlines Sunday’s matchday 8 FKF Premier League action, as AFC Leopards host arch-rivals Gor Mahia at Nyayo Stadium.
Kogalo has won 32 previous encounters whilst Ingwe has won 27. AFC Leopards, who struggled in the early parts of the season, will be seeking to bridge the gap and maintain their winning form as they come into the game on the back of three wins on the bounce.
The last time AFC Leopards beat Gor Mahia was in 2016 in a second leg league match. Ivorian forward Lamine Diallo scored a late goal in the second half to set thousands of Ingwe fans at Kasarani in a frenzy mood.
Last season, Gor won the first leg 1-0 while the second leg ended in a 1-1 draw.
AFC Leopards Belgium coach Patrick Aussems and Irish Coach Johnathan McKinstry will have to outdo each other tactically for either side to bag maximum points.
K’Ogalo will be banking on red-hot striker Benson Omala, who has so far bagged 10 goals and leads the Golden Boot race, to punish their opponents. On the other hand, Nigerian import Ojo Olaniyi is also in good form and leads Ingwe's goal scoring chart with six goals.
"Derbies are never easy and form doesn't count. Both teams have good players and it will be a close contest. So it is the tactics and how each team uses its chances which will count because both Gor and Leopards are on form," said the Gor Mahia captain and Kenyan international defender Philemon Otieno
Gor also come into the derby on a run of good form, they are unbeaten in five with two straight wins
AFC Leopards are 7th with 17 points and Gor Mahia 3rd with 23 points.