For the 85th time in history, the sporting fraternity witnessed the famous Mashemeji derby as rivals Gor Mahia locked horns with AFC Leopards at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
Two Ugandans, Shafiq Batambuze and Erisa Ssekisambu featured for the winning side – Gor Mahia, during their 2-0 sweet victory.
Whereas Batambuze lasted for the entire duration of the game, Ssekisambu was introduced in the final 10 minutes for the injured Jacques Tuyisenge.
Midfielders Kenneth Muguna and Francis Kahata were on target for the K’Ogalo over the Ingwe in the charged contest.
In fact, the goal margin would have been extended had Tuyisenge’s 70th minute goal been not controversially cancelled for offside.
AFC Leopards last victory in the Mashemeji derby came in March 2016.
This result enabeled Gor Mahia ascend to second place on the log with 22 points while AFC Leopards remain 15th with 10 points.
Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay celebrated by leaping high into the air and pulling his elbows back forcefully to cut a figure of a man greatly pleased at having won the battle of wits in his first Mashemeji Derby.
Shafiq Batambuze, Uganda Cranes and Gor Mahia left back
It was a hard match that we worked collectively to win. This was a sweet victory and we are all happy
Hassan Oktay, Gor Mahia head coach, as quoted by Nation Media
Of course I am impressed. The players gave out a performance befitting the occasion. My only problem is that I think we should have won by four or five goals based on the number of chances we created, but I am proud of our performance today and satisfied with the three points
Andrew Casa Mbungo, AFC Leopards Head Coach, as quoted by Nation Media
It may not look like it, but I believe these players have what it takes to stage a revival in this club. I still have faith in them. We shall obviously add a few more talents in the coming transfer window but I think they played quite well today under the circumstances