Repeatedly billed as an all-time favorite fixture of the SportPesa Premier League, the Mashemeji Derby can’t have come at a better time. Right then, just as we’re done with the World Cup and celebrating France’s victory over Croatia in the final, the Derby is here upon us.
Are you excited?
Gor Mahia vs AFC Leopards …this age-old rivalry is always mouth-watering!
It happens this Sunday at the Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani.
The first such clash happened on 5th May 1968. Most of us reading this weren’t born at the time. However, I’m sure if we were all asked about our derby memories, we have vivid recollections.
My first one was in the late 80’s when Peter Dawo was a huge star. My uncle took me to Nyayo Stadium on a warm Saturday afternoon. We were seated in the up far terraces and the result was a contested draw. The fans from both sides were a little agitated but hey, that’s normal with such huge fixtures. People left laughing and singing their songs after sharing the spoils. Peter Dawo didn’t score but I was elated to see him touch the ball with silky skills that he was famed for.
The weekend’s fixture is going to be interesting since this match had been postponed in June. You can only imagine the pent up anxiety from fans who cannot wait to see how the the newly renovated Kasarani Stadium looks.
The 84th Mashemeji Derby had been postponed to allow Gor Mahia a chance to play English second division side, Hull City FC.
…and another thing, Gor have the luxury of a nine-point lead at the summit of the SportPesa Premier League with four games in hand over closest challengers, Sofapaka. AFC Leopards are currently fifth on the log with 36 points.
This clash will also be the first between K’Ogalo British coach, Dylan Kerr and Leopard’s Argentine coach Rodolfo Zapata. It’s unmissable and the stadium is going to be electric. Wouldn’t be left out if I were you.
It’s going to be at 3:00pm this Sunday 22nd July. The tickets are being sold at the venue for just Ksh200 and Ksh500 for Terrace and VIP.
Great to also observe that both teams are sponsored by SportPesa, the country’s leading gaming firm – which renewed its support for the two teams earlier this year to cement its position as a leading supporter of Kenyan football.