Looking forward to a peaceful Nairobi Derby
Nairobi is abuzz with excitement, tension and joy as AFC Leopards, popularly known as Ingwe, clash with their bitter rivals Gor Mahia, known as Kogalo.
Almost all the households in Kenya are gearing up for this do or die battle. Both Ingwe and Kogalo, who most of the time refer to each other as “Shemeji”or in-laws, have a bone to pick after the latter withdrew from their KPL To 8 clash.
Both teams have got a sparkling record of having won the Kenyan Premier League title 12 times but the head to head since 2010 favours no team as they have both won twice, drawn once and lost twice, making the 2012 clash a thrilling clash that is a must watch.
AFC Leopards are still smarting from losing their TPL match against Western Stima 2-0 last weekend, so are looking to rectify that in front of the SuperSport TV cameras.
There's no greater incentive than a Nairobi derby. I know from personal experience what they're all about and the boys from both teams have been buzzing all week in training. When you've come off the back of a defeat like Ingwe in Nakuru to Western Stima last weekend there's no better fixture in which to try and bounce back than a derby against Kogalo.
Everyone associated with the clubs knows what's at stake this weekend. Both Coach Zradvko Logarusic and his counterpart Jan Koops won't really need to say all that much to the players because the occasion will take care of itself. They have got a good bunch of boys and every one of them is desperate to do well and prove a point.
Both set of fans have been taunting each other with expectations pegged on a win as it has been labeled as the league-deciding match. Fans are adding fuel to an already burning fire as they get a step closer to the final huddle.
However, both set of fans have their fair share of problems as they have most often engaged in acts of violence when they slump to defeats. This has often degenerated into ugly scenes that all the football lovers in the country will hope will not be repeated.
AFC Leopards’ house seems to be crumbling at a time when they need to be united, with news of witch hunting and in-fighting in the technical bench but I doubt this will affect their delivery in the derby. As for Gor Mahia, they are pregnant with hope, having fought tooth and nail from the lower reaches of the league to be among the top teams.
This will be a weekend of great football, great fans and great expectations as both teams must hit the ground running.
I urge for peace as we all enjoy the beautiful game, which can go either way. May the best team win the top Nairobi Derby.