BY STEVE NJUGUNA
Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards face off in what has become over the years arguably Kenya’s most competitive game of soccer, dubbed ‘The Mashemeji Derby’. The derby has also been marred by incidents of hooliganism and vandalism over the years, but these have reduced significantly in the last few editions of the derby. However, the on-pitch drama is what fans are actually waiting for as the D-day approaches rapidly.
However, the biggest talking point will be former Gor Mahia head coach Zdravko Logarusic who decamped to their archrivals AFC Leopards. The man who was affectionately christened ‘Luogarusic’ by the Gor Mahia faithfuls is now at the AFC den though he has had a rough time so far battling with unpaid salaries, player suspensions, go-slows and boycotts. He had also allegedly threatened to miss their last game against Thika United if his demands were not met. The uncertainty at the leopard’s den is surely one Gor head coach Frank Nutall will want to capitalize on.
There will be a few key men to watch. On the Leopards side ,their speedy attackers have enough quality to destroy any team as new recruit Emmanuel Ngama has already scored a couple of goals .There is also Nigerian front man Austin Ikenna Uzoeremeka and the evergreen Jacob Keli who seems to be getting his form after a below par first season at the club.Gor will look to Kenyan Internationals Ali abondo and Michael Olunga who have been in great form this season and also will want to get the best out of Rwandese international Medi Kagere who scored twice in their midweek fixture against KCB.