Popularly known as the Mashemeji Derby, the AFC Leopards versus Gor Mahia face-off can only be compared to the Real Madrid-Barcelona El Clasicco, if not Tanzania’s Simba vs Yanga, or Uganda’s SC Villa vs Express FC. Gor’s Chief Executive Officer Raymond Oruo is now revealing what exactly led to this fierce rivalry.
The Gor Mahia boss was speaking while making an appearance on KTN Home’s What’s Your Story which was hosted by the station’s presenter Catherine Mwangi.
An excited Mwangi asked Raymond what exactly lay at the heart of this great historic rivalry between Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, and if it’s even real, or just an imagined and hyped up derby.
Explaining that it’s indeed real, Raymond Oruo explained that the origins of the rivalry lie with the historical roots of both teams.
While AFC Leopards traces its support largely from Western Kenya, Gor Mahia has its core support base in Luo-Nyanza. Not only are these two neighbours, but distinct underlying causes led to clear rivalry, explained Oruo.
He said that first of all, their schools, where grassroots football is cultivated, always met during competitions. Further more, since the two regions have produced talented players, automatically they are major stakeholders in national football. He concluded that it’s such factors that have piled up over the years to result in the present-day huge rivalry.
This year’s derby was waited for optimistically by Patrick Aussems, the Ingwe coach. Before the match, he said he believed it was about time they get a win over arch-rivals Gor Mahia as they prepared to face off in the Mashemeji Derby.
Ingwe has not beaten K’Ogalo across all competitions since their 1-0 victory in March 2016 and with his side playing well, Aussems remained optimistic they could get a win.
“It is always a good time to win a game whether Gor Mahia or any other team I do not care but I know this is a special match for most people. I hope the stadium is full but I think it is the right moment for us to have a good game against Gor Mahia,” the tactician stated.
In the match, Gor managed to hold Ingwe to a 1-1 draw after managing to come from behind and equalise the solitary goal.
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