AFC Leopards will have to wait a little while longer to claim their first win in the Mashemeji Derby since 2016; this after their perennial rivals Gor Mahia sailed to a 3-1 win in the second installment of the season of the derby at the MISC Kasarani on Sunday 19 May.
Nicholas Kipkirui grabbed a brace with a goal either side of half time with Jacques Tuyisenge adding the third in very controversial circumstances as the ball had appeared to have gone out of play before Kipkirui’s shot at goal that had rebounded into the path of the Rwandese forward.
Vincent Oburu netted a late consolation with four minutes left to play.
One win away
The win lifts Gor to 69 points and within two points of claiming an unprecedented 18th league crown. Hassan Oktay’s men can therefore claim the title with two games to spare if they can claim victory over Vihiga United on Wednesday 22 in Machakos.
Leopards have not won in this fixture against their greatest ever rivals since a Lamine Diallo strike back in March of 2016 claimed a 1-0 win to end a 35 game unbeaten run by K’Ogalo at the time.
Since then, Ingwe who are second to Gor for most league titles won with 13, have tasted seven defeats in eight games played across all competitions, conceding a whopping 16 goals while scoring just four in return.
With this record, it was bound to be difficult for Leopards on Sunday and Gor quickly took advantage with the lively Kipkirui getting his first of the game and eighth of the season by tapping home from close range after Ezekiel Owade had redirected a Tuyisenge header into his path in the 24th minute.
The goal would be the only one of the half as Gor bossed proceedings with Leopards only restricted to bit part attempts at goal.
Individual mistakes would characterize the game and in the 62nd minute Kipkirui would get his second after Said Tsuma had lost the ball in midfield with Kenneth Muguna feeding the former Zoo FC man for Gor to double their lead.
Gor would make it 3-0 two minutes later but in rather controversial circumstances as the ball had appeared to have gone out of play before Kipkirui’s attempt at goal had been tipped onto the crossbar by Owade to find an unmarked Tuyisenge to head home.
Leopards’ players had already given up chase intimating that the ball had indeed gone out.
Cruising to the win a poor backward pass in defence from Joash Onyango in the 86th minute would provide Leopards with the chance to get a consolation with Oburu latching on to the misplaced pass and firing past Fredrick Odhiambo.
Starting XI: Owade Ezekiel (GK), Kayumba Soter, Kipyegon Isaac, Abdalla Salim, Oruchum Christopher, Ochieng David, Said Tsuma, Isuzza Whyvonne, Marita Brian, Were Paul, Oburu Vincent
Subs: Bakame Eric (GK), Sikhayi Dennis, Shami Kibwana, Mukangula Eugene, Kamura Robinson, Saad Mousa, Wayi Yeka
Starting XI: Frederick Odhiambo (GK), Philemon Otieno, Geoffrey Ochieng, Joash Onyango, Haron Shakava, Ernest Wendo, Francis Kahata, Kenneth Muguna, Jacques Tuyisenge, Samuel Onyango, Nicholas Kipkirui
Subs: Boniface Oluoch (GK), Joachim Oluoch, Charles Momanyi, Boniface Omondi, Juma Lawrence, Francis Mustafa, Erisa Ssekisambu