Gor rule Mashemeji derby once again after 2-0 win over AFC Leopards

By Elizabeth Mburugu: Saturday, February 9th 2019 at 18:41 GMT +3 | Football
Gor Mahia Joash Onyango(L) and Whyvonne Isuza of AFC Leopards battle for ball possession during their KPL derby at Kasarani Stadium on Saturday 09/02/19. Gor won 2-0[Boniface Okendo,Standard]

New AFC Leopards coach Mbungo suffers second consecutive defeat

Kenneth Muguna and Francis Kahata on Saturday staged stellar performances as champions Gor Mahia thrashed bitter rivals AFC Leopards 2-0 to carry the day Mashemeji derby at Kasarani Stadium.

The victory was a morale booster for the Kenyan champions ahead of Wednesday's CAF Confederations Cup second Group D match away to Petro Atletco in Luanda, Angola. However, it was a sad day to Ingwe who were looking to bag maximum points and improve their place on the standings and move away from the relegation zone. 

It was also a second straight defeat for newly appointed head coach Cassa Mbungo who had suffered a 2-1 loss in his first match against Mt Kenya in a midweek clash. Despite the loss, Mbungo remained optimistic saying that he believed in the quality of players and that he expects positive results in upcoming matches. 

"I think we need to look for players to strengthen the squad but I also believe that the current players is equal to task. I have not worked with them for long but I know that we are going to improve in our next matches because they are quality players that need polishing," Mbungo said. 

Gor Mahia FC fans during KPL match against AFC Leopards FC at Kasarani Stadium on Saturday 9, 2019. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

His Gor Mahia counterpart Hassan Oktay was over the moon saying that he expected his players to score goals. "I expected the victory and I'm glad we won but I'm disappointed that they did not meet my expectations because I expected them to score more goals," Oktay said.

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He added that going into their clash against Petrol Atletco they will be looking for a victory but it will not be an easy task playing away to the Angolan outfit. 

AFC Leopards coach Capa Mbungo against Gor Mahia during their KPL derby at Kasarani Stadium on Saturday 09/02/19. Gor won 2-0[Boniface Okendo,Standard]

Gor dominated from the onset as wounded leopards to settle in the match. Gor were in a class of their own with Muguna and Kahata threatening break Ingwe defence.

Muguna broke into the box from the right after a free-kick but Eric Ndayishimiye saved from his near post with Boniface Omondi failing to head the rebound home.

A Gor Mahia fan identified as Duncan Ochieng aka 'Tho Luro' (centre) and other fans at the Tom Mboya statue along Moi Avenue in the CBD of Nairobi ahead of the 'Shemeji Derby' between Gor Mahia FC and AFC Leopards held at the Kasarani stadium ,Nairobi [Elvis Ogina.Standard]

Muguna finally put Gor in the lead on the quarter hour mark. Kahata put in a cross from the left to Christopher Oruchum with Salim Abdallah managing to block the first effort, Muguna completed the job with a short between Ndayishimiye’s legs. 

AFC Leopards FC Fans reacts after loosing to Gor Mahia FC at Kasarani Stadium on Saturday 9, 2019. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Gor continued with their dominance even as AFC fought hard for an equaliser as the first half ended with Gor enjoying a narrow 1-0. Kahata made it 2-0 in the 67th minute as Gor extended their dominance over Ingwe.

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