The Lens: How fans colored the 85th Mashemeji Derby

It was all smiles and joy, song and dance in the stands at the MISC, Kasarani on Saturday 9 February ahead of the 85th Mashemeji Derby, a highly anticipated clash pitting arch rivals Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards.

The smiles and the joy, as well as the dancing, faded after just 15 minutes of the game, at least on the blue end of the stands as AFC Leopards suffered an early concession courtesy of Kenneth Muguna’s goal.

Here are some pics depicting the changing faces in the different phases of the game which ended 2 – 0 in Gor Mahia’s favor.

Ahead of the game, it was all a friendly affair…unlike in previous years, this was largely a peaceful derby. The true definition of Mashemeji Derby
Pre match hype…it is always easier to hope when you have 90 minutes ahead of you…

With hopes of a win fading fast, perhaps the question on this fan’s mind was “Tutaambia nini watu?”
Was this fan passing a message to the Leopards management?
Even in the face of defeat, not a shade of beauty was shed…at least from what we can see here…
This fan picked a dangerous spot to cheer his team from but thought all those asking him to come down were mad. Good though, the rusty base upon which he stood didn’t cave in.
Soon after kickoff, there was nothing to smile about from the AFC Leopards end
A Leopard, chicken and maize; how balanced a diet is that? Only the fan from Eldoret can tell us
This Gor Mahia fan was just happy to see the Leopard slaughtered
Dejected AFC Leopards fans as it dawned on them they will be taking home a fourth straight loss
Did it have to get to this extent; hiding faces? The loss must have been to hard to stomach for this fan

It is tough when you have a bad run, but it is tougher when you fall to your arch rivals; this fan seemingly had questions towards his team as to why the slump
Gor Mahia’s top fan Jaro Soja had to take a selfie to mark the big day and the impressive turnout
How about this for a match day dress code?
He may not have been in the match day squad, but Dennis Oliech was still in the fans’ hearts
Jaro Soja the choir master…
The biggest game on the land saw departed Cardiff City forward Eliliano Sala remembered
Even the young graced the derby…
Well, was this a marketing stunt or something?