Monday, July 25, 2011

Post Match: Gor Mahia (A)

The derby went downhill for Leopards as we went down 1-3 to Gor Mahia. It is not a pleasant day to look at the papers.

James Waindi of the Standard reports:-

Congolese striker Dimonde Selenga returned to haunt his former club when he scored a goal and set up another as Gor beat perennial rivals AFC Leopards 3-1 in a thrilling Kenyan Premier League derby at the Nyayo National Stadium.

This was the second time Selenga was scoring in the Kenyan derby, he scored Leopards’ priceless goal when the two sides met in May last year.

Wyclife Ochomo opened the scoring in the 13th minute, before Selenga added the tally in the 63rd minute, just four minutes after he had replaced Ochomo and second half substitute Dan Makori made it 3-0 in the 81st minute, before Mike Barasa scored Leopard’s consolation in the 84th minute.

The win has seen Gor leap to third position in the table with 30 points from 16 matches, while Leopards remain 12th with 19 points.

Gor coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno was happy with his team’s performance and said he hoped the side would maintain the same spirit in all the remaining matches.

"AFC Leopards played a very good game today, they came out and attacked us and we hit them on the counter and that is how we won the match."Both sets of supporters were wonderful, it was a good feeling and they showed maturity, they even took the loss with dignity," said Otieno.

Selenga said he was glad to have scored his first league goal for Gor Mahia against arch rivals Leopards and plans to maintain the same form against other opponents as well.

"All I can say is that I am elated to have scored today. It is the second time I have scored in this derby, the first time I scored for Leopards against Gor and this time it’s the opposite," said Selenga, who was among nine players that were dropped by Leopards a month ago.

Leopards tactician Jaan Koops said: "In the first half we didn’t play as planned, we were playing long balls and my strikers could not control them, but the second half was much better. My strikers have to be more aggressive in the box."

After Gor fans lost to Leopards fans by a similar margin on Saturday, K’Ogalo team had to salvage some pride on the derby day and they did it in style, to satisfy the massive fans that had packed the stadium.

Bernard Mang’oli almost gave Ingwe an early lead when he struck the cross bar with a fierce shot just two minutes into the match. Gor’s first chance came in the 12th minute when Ochomo found himself unmarked but saw his shot come off the post. He atoned for the miss a minute later when he converted Kevin Omondi’s cross to bring the stadium into life.

The Standard's other story is by Gilbert Wandera on how the Leopards and Gor fans showed maturity in a match that people had security fears over. 

Nation has a story by Sammy Kitula.

The stone the builders rejected became the cornerstone as AFC Leopards reject Demonde Selenga came back to haunt his former club in Gor Mahia's 3-1 victory of over arch rivals AFC Leopards at the Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday.

And in a sold-out attendance, Wycliffe Ochomo, Selenga and Dan Makori were the heroes of the evening as Leopards’ Mike Barasa pulled one for his side.
Never had Gor defeated Leopards in such a margin since their first match in 1968. (Not correct. See Ingwe Fan magazine page 25 match no. 6 and page 34)
In an outcome of major significance in this season of seemingly endless Nairobi City derbies, Zedekiah “Zico” Otieno claimed his second major triumph as Gor head coach when his side won a titanic contest of wills to dismiss Leopards in a befitting manner.
The telling blow was inflicted by Leopards reject and Congolese import Selenga who scored his first league match in a green jersey and created his club’s third goal on a tempestuous encounter.
In a game where the Leopards never really clicked into gear, K’Ogalo were the better team throughout and their winner late in the second half was a just outcome for their prolonged superiority in the matchup.
The win proved a shot in the arm for K’Ogalo’s boss, with the assured performance proving contrary to the constant criticism he has faced over his team’s resilience.
Evidently feeling like they had a point to prove, Gor started the game in buoyant fashion.
Sustained pressure early on led to a collection of half chances for the hosts, the most glaring of which fell to Kevin Omondi after a fidgety Nicholas Muyoti fluffed his clearance yet the Gor man could only drag his shot wide from the edge of the box.
The Leopards struggled to impose themselves as the game developed, with Gor enjoying more than their fair share of possession.
A fluid move culminated in Edwin Lavatasa drifting in from the right flank to meet a whipped Omondi cross, though the lively forward couldn’t keep his effort down.

KPL website has this report

GOR Mahia forwards reacted to criticism of their lack of bite throughout most of the season with a sterling performance in their 3-1 drubbing of AFC Leopards on Sunday at the National Stadium.

The season’s first edition of the Kenyan Premier League’s biggest Nairobi “Derby” was before a bursting crowd in the 24,000 capacity venue. Even though the second half of the season has already witnessed two rounds, the Gor v Leopards first leg meeting had not happened due to lack of a secure venue.

On the KPL fixtures, the “Derby, Part II” is set for the International Sports Centre, Kasarani on September 18. The venue has been closed for over a year, undergoing renovation by Chinese contractors and its managers, the Sports Stadia Management Board [SSMB], had indicated it would be ready by the match day.

Kasarani, the 60,000 seat facility had actually better be ready to deal with the increasing pull of spectators by the big teams in the Premiership, Gor Mahia and Leopards especially.
Still oblivious of danger to themselves, many at the National Stadium that was full to the brim, recklessly perched on unsafe spots above exit gates Nos. 5, 6, 7 and 8 and all round the top of the stadium. Space on the walkaway aisles was also taken, blocking exir access if needed. Because of irresponsible pushing during a similar ‘Derby’ in October last year, five young spectators were trampled to death.

There was a moment of silence by both teams before kick-off of the Sunday match in memory of those departed fans.

Overall, despite the congestion, both sets of supporters conducted themselves sportingly, an indication that lessons about good behaviour -- considerate of others, and for the good of the sport -- were being learnt. Just two seasons ago, with the general management of football in the country in shambles, a Gor Mahia v Leopards league match attracted just a few hundred spectators.

What a terrific start it was, Leopards first and then Gor Mahia, coming close to getting the first goals within 12 minutes.

Just a minute old, Leopards midfielder Bernard Mang’oli’s fierce volley was kept off by the cross bar.

Then a bemused Leopards captain, Nicholas Muyoti, almost committed a schoolboy howler in the 12th minute. He needlessly attempted a back pass from a free situation but the ball could not reach his ‘keeper Barnabas Tiema. Wycliffe Ochomo, the burly Gor Mahia striker took possession but, unbelievably, pushed the ball to the bottom of the upright post.

However, Ochomo, the strong man signed in mid-season from Congo United, was on the mark to put Gor Mahia 1-0 ahead in the 14th minute. The supply involved young Edwin Lavatsa, a Gor Mahia gem of the day, who had a one-two interchange with Kevin Omondi before putting Ochomo through inside the box. Like in his earlier situation, Ochomo faced Tiema but this time his left foot placement of the ball into the net was perfect.

Lavatsa was to create his team’s second goal in the 63rd minute, going down the right flank and managing to square the ball just before it went past the goal line. It proved tricky for Tiema who failed to cut it off, his parry taking it to second-half substitute Demonde Selenga who headed in.

Selenga, the Congolese import who last year was a scorer in Leopards’ 1-0 win over Gor Mahia in the first leg, turned a tormentor for his old club by creating the third goal for Gor Mahia in the 87th minute.

Again Lavatsa was the initiator when he took head on and beat three Leopards defenders at the top of the box before finding Selenga on the right. The Congolese was able to square the ball like Lavatsa in the previous action, this time finding another second-half substitute, Duncan Makori with the simple task of tapping in past Tiema in the 82nd minute.
But while the score line suggested a Leopards side shredded apart, it was the wrong picture about a team that refused to lie down and die despite the obvious wrong bounce of the ball.

Mike Baraza, the complete footballer and striker who was tireless despite being frustratingly being denied the ball in his usual striking position, got one back for his team in the 84th minute.

The Leopards’ midfielders struggled to cope in the middle of the park and little ball found Baraza and fellow strikers Francis Chinjili and Paul Odhiambo in the box. Baraza was often as far back as in the defence trying to win ball for the forwards.

His goal came in one of the rare times he could get involved in goalmouth action. From a scramble, he controlled with his chest before firing past Frederick Onyango, Gor’s first conceded goal in seven matches.

The pace of the action took an early toll, injury forcing the early substitution of Gor Mahia’s ace midfielder Collins “Gatusso” Okoth with a pulled muscle in the 30th minute. Anthony “Teddy” Akumu came on.

Leopards realising their early struggle in defensive midfield and sacrificed skipper Nicholas Muyoti, who made way for the Liberian import Abraham Cokie at the start of the second half.

Jimmy Bageya’s header in the 15th minute had gone just over the bar and in the 58th minute the Ugandan put Baraza through with a perfect chance from inside the box but the normally reliable finisher was unable to beat Frederick Onyango who made a superb block.
Leopards also escaped from danger, Tiema saving from a Lavatsa in the 59th minute and from Selenga in the 65th minute, again after the Congolese had been fed by the indefatigable Lavatsa.

Mang’oli also came close with a header for Leopards in the 69th minute.
Deep in the second half, Leopards claimed more attempts on goal, 15 in total but Gor Mahia, with only six had more to show for it on the score sheet.

But, after a good day in the office by a confident Gor Mahia side, is the writing on the wall, that Gor are up for a beating by Leopards on September 18? In the past two seasons, the return match has always been defeat to the winner of the first leg. And in their rivalry, stretching back to 1968, a “double” in the season over either team has been rare.

GOR MAHIA - 1. Frederick Onyango: 19. Solomon Nasio, 27. Collins Omondi, 5. Musa Mohammed, 15. Eric Masika, 13. Collins Okoth (6. Anthony “Teddy” Akumu, 30’), 14. Kevin Omondi (17. Duncan Makori, 72’), 30. Moses Otieno, 7. Hadji Mwachoki, 9. Edwin Lavatsa, 21. Wycliffe Ochomo (24. Demonde Selenga, 59’
Reserves not used - 16. Ronnie Kagunzi, Gk; 3. Christopher Wekesa, 8. Tony Onyango, 25. Moses Odhiambo
Scorers - 21. Wycliffe Ochomo (14’), 24. Demonde Selenga (63’), 17. Duncan Makori (72’)
Coach - Zedekiah “Zico” Otieno
AFC LEOPARDS - 19. Barnabas Tiema: 5. Edwin Wafula, 24. Collins Kisuya, 3. Jonas Amboko, 17. Jonas Nahimana, 6. Nicholas Muyoti, captain (23. Abraham Cokie, 46’), 22. Bernard Mang’oli, 10. Charles Okwemba, 15. Francis Chinjili (20. Paul Odhiambo, 57’), 50. Jimmy Bageya (7. Brian Masiolo, 72’), 11. Mike Baraza
Reserves not used - 1. Patrick Matasi, Gk; 4. Martin Imbalambala, 18. Salim Kinje Khamis, 27. Oscar Kadenge
Scorer - 11. Mike Baraza (84’)
Coach - Jan Koops [The Netherlands]
Referee - Nasur Doka
Assistant ref - David Sagero
Asst ref - Mike Mwangi
Reserve ref - Tom Onyango
Match commissioner - Amir Hassan

Futaa reported Selenga's reaction in a report by Claudia Ekai.

Former AFC Leopards hitman Demonde Selenga haunted his former employers today (24th July, 2011) when he scored against Ingwe to give Gor Mahia a 2-0 lead over their opponents

Speaking after the match, Selenga said he was happy to be at Gor Mahia and he is proud of his game today and most of all his achievement

-I am happy that I currently feature for Gor Mahia FC

-I scored against AFC Leopards and I did the same against Gor Mahia last season when I scored the winner, that’s an achievement since this a big derby and attracts attention and I have managed to score against both teams

He went ahead to point out that he is looking forward to work with the team inorder to achieve their goals

-I expect that we can work hard as a team so that we can achieve our goals

Selenga was one of the nine players who was sacked by AFC Leopards two months ago because of gross misconduct. He joined Gor Mahia in June 2011 during the mid-season transfer

MichezoAfrika reports that the match raised a record Kshs. 5.5million

Gor Mahia capped their sweet 3-1 win over AFC Leopards with a handsome 5.59 Million shillings from gate collection. This is the best ever figure to be collected in the history of Kenyan soccer a sign that indeed the Kenyan Premier League is headed for the heavens.

5,595,900 was the gross figure of the amount collected from ticket sales, more than double of last year’s El Classico which collected approximately 2.5 million shillings.

According to the official figures released by ticket masters, a total of 2,997 VIP tickets were sold @500 shillings while 20,487 tickets for the terraces were sold @200 shillings.

That the two teams have the largest number of fans in the country is an obvious fact. There was an equal number of fans at the stadium which was divided and equally filled up in two equal halves.

The El Classico lived to its billing not only in terms of fans attendance but in organization and security.

3Gor Mahia168621610630
5Ulinzi Stars177641613327
7Western Stima17755109126
8Chemelil Sugar176651212024
9Karuturi Sports17656911-223
10Thika United176381922-321
11Mathare United174761515019
12AFC Leopards1761101622-619
13Sony Sugar165471219-719
15Congo United173591126-1514
16City Stars173410918-913

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