Gor 3 AFC 2

After two penalties and plenty of drama that was the result of the first league clash between the old firm in over two years.

The result takes Gor Mahia up to 6th in the 16 team Kenya Premier league with 6 points whilst Ingwe find themeselves rooted to the bottom of the table with only a single point from their 4 games.

Its good to know that despite the relative lack of strength of these two teams on the local scene, they can still serve up a feast of thrilling football when they collide on the pitch

The Big one is back

This weekend marks the first televised KPL matches of the season on Multichoice’s Supersport Select channel. (For those of you withe DSTV its should be one of those bonus channels on the Ku4 band though I am not 100% on that)

The big match on offer obviously is the encounter between Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards at 3pm (E.A.T) at the Coca Cola stadium. Given the events at World Hope Centre and he Coca Cola stadium’s unfortunate history with unruly mob I can only wish the stewards and match officials in charge of the fixtures on the day are at the top of their game


Mathare United Champions

Unless Mathare United lose 6-0 and SoNY Sugar win 5-0 or some strange combination of results causes a 10 goal swing in goal difference Mathare United will have finally won their first ever league championship and earned the right to represent Kenya in the Africa’s CAF Champions league.

Following a 0-0 draw away at 3rd placed Agro-Chemicals over the weekend Mathare United reached 60 points from 29 fixtures and unless something goes horribly wrong at home against Red Berets and SoNY Sugar thrash Sher Karuturi in Awendo on the 22nd of November they will effectively be coronated league champions on that day.

Return of Ingwe

After 3 years in the Nationwide league the once mighty ‘Ingwe’ (AFC Leopards) clinched promotion back into the Premier League, finishing a point ahead of rivals Eldoret Mahakama, who ironically blew their chances when they were adjudged to have been responsible for the abandonment of their final league match against Compel F.C. by an arbitration tribunal.

This means that Kenyan Football’s most passionate club rivalry is back on the cards next season after Gor Mahia’s improved form in the second half of the season saw them pull well clear of relegation with a few weeks to spare.

Full details here.

Mystery match

A few days ago I saw a photograph (see below) in the Daily Nation apparently from this year’s final of Kenya’s main foorball Cup competition, The President’s Cup (Formerly known as the Moi Golden Cup).

So far I am still to find out any further details on the issue in any of the Kenyan publications that have a web presence.

Given that the winners of this competition I assume would still end up representing Kenya in next years Africa Confederations Cup is it not weird no one seems to care what happens?

They seem pretty happy with themselves,Pity not many others seem to be celebrating(photo from Daily Nation)

Crunch time at the top

With only a handful of matches left and with the defending champions sliding ominously towards the drop zone, this years Kenya Premier League looks like its headed to yet another climactic finish. Having just managed to force a point at home against Kenya Commercial Bank, Sony Sugar finally managed to take a ome point lead at the summit of the table ahead of the season pacesetters, Mathare United, who did not play over the weekend. Mathare United will thus play their away match against Western Stima on Wednesday

Several matches over the weekend were postponed due to legendarily nightmarish delays that saw many of the leagues representatives in the national team get back home just 24 hrs ahead of their club matches. These mainly affected Tusker FC, Mathare United, Western Stima, and Ulinzi Stars.

Where football could be played Gor Mahia took further steps in protecting their top flight status with a 1-0 win over Mahakama and there were wins for Thika United, Agro-Chemicals, and Red Berets.

Gor fans at it again.

Hooliganism once again reared it head in Kenya’s premier league when angry Gor Mahia fans forced the abandonment at half time of their match against top of the table Gor Mahia. As reported here in the Daily Nation, Gor Mahia fans took offense to among other things,the referee’s decision to award Mathare United a free kick in the first half which resulted in Mathare taking the lead thanks to Austin Makacha. At half time the enraged Gor fans blockaded the official’s dressing room refusing to let the referees out for the second half forcing the match to be abandoned. In other action Tusker’s defense of their league title continued to fade away as they fell 2-1 to Western Stima.

Not for the first time, Mathare United found themselves victim of the passions fans of one of Kenya most established football clubs as only a few years ago AFC Leopards fans accused Mathare United fans of witchcraft when a stray dog wandered on to the pitch at half time in a deadlocked match between the two sides. Needless to say Mathare nicked a late winner, which AFC fans blamed on the actions of the afore mentioned dog whilst it was on the pitch and proceeded to cause general chaos.

While it is encouraging that institutions like Gor Mahia, which are the heart and soul of Kenyan football still have a very passionate following surely there must be an agreement that that kind of action demonstrated at the weekend is no longer acceptable in this day and age.