MASHEMEJI DERBY: INGWE LACKED THE QUALITY, NOT THE HEART

The build up to 88th instalment of the Mashemeji Derby, the clash between arch rivals Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards was dominated by the two contrasting fortunes of the clubs; AFC Leopards showing signs of revival, while Gor Mahia recent troubles casting the image of a side on the decline.

With a chance to go top of the league the prize for the winner in the Sunday 10 November clash, we were perhaps blinded into expecting an even contest.

However, in the 4-1 win, K’Ogalo gave their rivals and the entire league a harsh reminder of the gap in quality that exists between them and the rest; especially their rivals.

Never looked dangerous

While some would argue that Ingwe showed some promise in the first half, in reality, they never looked dangerous when they got to the final third. K’Ogalo was contented with seating deep and easily thwarting the Ingwe attacks.

In the second half, K’Ogalo wiped off all the unfounded fantasy of a contest of equals.

That Ivorian import Gislain Yikpe only turned up for seven or so minutes, to grab his brace (in the 55th and 62nd minutes) and Clifton Miheso just two moments of magic 13 minutes apart to put the game beyond reach with a sumptuous assist and a brilliant low driven goal, speaks a lot about the quality the champs possess.

Furthermore, a silent Kenneth Muguna only showed up twice; delivering the corner for the opening goal, and the defence splitting pass that led to Miheso’s goal.

No mercy

A well taken 83rd minute goal by Tresor Ndikumana restored hope of Ingwe losing honorably by perhaps maintaining that score line or getting a second goal but K’Ogalo showed no mercy, as they sealed off the game with a fourth goal from the industrious Lawrence Juma.

Whenever Gor were in the final third, they knew what to do, unlike their opponents who suddenly became clueless whenever they were in the same area and that was the big difference.

The gap between the two sides cannot be closed in one season, let alone 8 match days as was being projected. Ingwe will need long periods of consistent positive growth to catch up. For now, K’Ogalo is without doubt miles ahead.

Ingwe players don’t deserve condemnation; they lost this game not because they lacked the heart, but because they lacked the quality.