Oktay, Mbungo expecting Mashemeji Derby to be a cracker

The second-leg of this season’s Mashemeji Derby is set for this Sunday 19 May at the MISC Kasarani and both Hassan Oktay of Gor Mahia and his counterpart from AFC Leopards Andre Casa Mbungo are expecting a tough match ahead with both bragging rights and league placings at stake.

Gor are on course to claiming an unprecedented 18th league crown and third in succession as they lead the league with an eight point advantage with four games to play. A win for them on Sunday against their perennial rivals will see them move to within one point of the title as well claim all six points on offer this season against Leopards, having won the first-leg meeting 2-0.

Frustrating

But it is different for Leopards who are having yet another frustrating season and are again making up the numbers, lying in 9th place on the standings.

For them they will be chasing the bragging rights on Sunday, looking to claim a first derby win since 2016.

Below are how both coaches summarized their preparations and expectations ahead of the game.

Oktay said:

“The preparations have been very good ahead of the game. The lads are in good shape and I’m optimistic we shall have a good game,” Oktay said,

“I know AFC Leopards recruited well during the mid-season and they have a good team but this is a derby and we are going to fight for the three points.”

Mbungo said:

“Gor Mahia has done better this season and I think they will win the league but we don’t want this particular game to be the one that gives them the title. This is a derby and the 90 minutes will be what determines the winner,” Andre said,

“We have prepared very well although we have a few injury concerns. I hope to have a full squad by Sunday. We are ready to battle for the bragging rights and the three points as well but the most important thing for me now that the season is almost over is to plan for the next season by recruiting wisely and building a team that can challenge for the title.”