Oh, what a sweet revenge it was for Ingwe yesterday! During the first leg of the KPL matches, Gor defeated AFC 3-1! This time they knew they were going to lose, a few fans I met on my way to the stadium did not sound too enthusiastic. AFC is in good form, and have been playing well, while Gor has had a bad run recently, the most humiliating being losing to Congo United 2-1. Congo is at the bottom of the league table.
I will not bore you with match analysis and such like technical talk, there are experts for that. I am sure Ingwe Fan will do a post-match analysis. Watch out for that blog.
I will share a number of pictures though… and tell you a bit of some of the interesting going-ons that went down.
I got to the stadium in good time for the most exciting game of the season, Kenya’s derby of Gor Mahia Vs AFC Leopards. The match was to start at 3p.m. The stadium didn’t look that full. I took the liberty to pose with some Gor ladies to show love for each other. Gor fans and AFC fans respect one another.. Shemeji. The way you should respect your in-laws.
The atmosphere in the stadium was electric. The AFC cheering squad beat the Isikuti (drum). I joined the dancing band around the stadium but couldn’t keep up!
Some fans had been at the stadium since morning, and as they had merry while waiting for the game, ended up blacking out and missing most of the game!
I got hijacked by a Gor fan who took me to their sides, where I was received with cries of shemeji, shemeji and attempted grabbing (don’t ask at what!) However when the game began I had to leave for the AFC side!
The match got underway. AFC players began putting pressure on the Gor keeper right away! I knew a goal was near! And we got rewarded when Charles Okwemba’s scored from a pass by Oscar Kadenge. Kadenge is the son of legendary Kenyan and Leopards footballer Joe Kadenge! We went wild..!
At half-time, we sat down and chilled because the afternoon sun was relentless. The dancing band got larger, and the stadium was full to capacity (funny considering the tickets sold were less than the stadium’s capacity!)
One more stadium view:
In the second half, we got rewarded with two goals from Mike Barasa (what’s a match if (Barry) Mikey hasn’t scored?) and Laurent Tumba! Gor did come close to scoring, but in this case ALMOST doesn’t count!
Mike Baraza (or is Barasa!)
A fan who was overcome with joy (and I hear he had bet that if we win) stripped to his boxers and ran around the stadium, and another joined him! We thought Gor fans would get out of hand, but though they were some minor incidences, no major disruption happened. Perhaps it took the mighty Ingwe to teach K’Ogalo fans a lesson in humility! Either way, it seems our coach is doing good work because it’s was a Koop d’etat!
At one time, the goal keeper held onto the ball and smiling waved at the camera!