BY SAMSON MBII,NAIROBI,27TH AUG 2017-SportPesa Premier League match pitting rivals Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards baptized Mashemeji derby staged a the Nyayo National stadium on Sunday ended on a 1-1 draw .
Meddie Kagere struck the equaliser to cancel out an earlier own goal by Gor skipper Musa Mohammed.
Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr opted to stick with his attacking trio of Kagere, Jacques Tuyisenge and George Odhiambo with Leopards tactician Robert Matano also starting with Ray Omondi, Alex Kitenge and Vincent Oburu as both coaches went for an early goal.
Winger Samuel Ndung’u, midfielders Victor Majid and Duncan Otieno and defender Dennis Sikhayi put up an outstanding performance especially in the first half, as Gor’s midfield gem Kenneth Muguna appeared somewhat subdued for the better part of the game.
Mohammed turned the ball into his own net while attempting a clearance off Ndung’u shot after 19 minutes, much to the delight of the Ingwe faithful at Nyayo Stadium.
Gor, who were dominant until this point, were stunned by the goal which was well crafted by the Leopards.
Oburu received a long ball from goalkeeper Gabriel Andika before beating his markers and squared the ball onto the path of Duncan Otieno. Otieno then released Ndung’u, whose first time shot was redirected by Mohammed into his own net.
This was only the second time AFC Leopards have scored a goal with Boniface Oluoch in Gor Mahia goal, since the Kenyan international crossed from Tusker two-and-a-half years ago.
With the lead and their fans roaring again, Leopards had a few quick chances to extend their lead but fell short before Kagere levelled matters with nine minutes to the break.
From an aerial threat, Leopards defender Robinson Kamura fell down, allowing Kagere the easiest of tasks while clear on goal, and the Rwandan made no mistake as he continued to torment their bitter rivals.
Chances in the second half of the match were few and spread apart even as both teams struggled to gain advantage over their opponents.
Kagere will forever blame Andika for being such a hindrance and costing him a goal he could have added to his name in the 71st minute.
Coach Matano said he was happy with the result, although he encouraged his players to step up their performance as no one in the team is guaranteed of a position in his starting lineup.