Not short of entertainment, Our guest blogger today (@ZaxOguda) brings to us what he thought about the just ended Nairobi Derby. With each team avoiding a loss, the ultimate excitement will be the aftermath, the matches that follow this clash for both teams. Enjoy:
Derbies are always highly anticipated and can guarantee viewers a great football outing. Thus Sunday was no different as the leopard travelled to Kasarani to try to catch up lost ground in the title race as they faced perennial rivals Gor Mahia.
It must be pointed out that the game would normally be tough enough even without the prospect of a trophy at stake as the clubs would gladly play their hearts out just to earn the bragging rights for themselves and their fans in the city space they share.
Narrowing it down to the very last in the series of epic battles between these rivals, the first leg ended on a sad note for the blue leopard after a Danny solo effort. The goal was the exact kind of backdrop for the latest meeting combined with added flavor-the TPL trophy at stake.
With all that said; the game which had been loaded with as much hype as the Kenyan press could master, started just like any other derby before.
With expectations set at such a high level, the game lived up to his billing on earlier stages but it turned out to be one-sided affair with Kogallo finding themselves two goals down with less than half an hour remaining; a scenario quite alien to the team and its high standards.
With Bobby sensing all was not going well, Mussa Mohammed was brought in the mix to replace Solomon Nasio enabling the wasteful David Owino to shift to his normal right back position where he was exemplary for the remaining part of the game.
After Danny did what he does best against the Mumias Sugar sponsored side, Bobby threw Lavatsa and Kevin Omondi for Moses Odhiambo and Kiongera respectively to boost his attacking options. This paid dividends when Omondi’s lofted free kick found the unmarked Owino to restore parity. Kogallo had finaly overturned the leopard. With the mouth-watering passes, step overs, tackles, headers and sheer wastefulness, the Nairobi Derby sadly had to end with no winner. Gor needed the win to widen the gap beyond the leopard’s reach and Ingwe was here too to close the gap but this sadly wasn’t to be. A 2-2 draw it was at the final whistle: the derby has come and gone but the aftermath determines in what direction the trophy is likely to swing.
The season may be far from over as there are more determinant games to come. While Gor Mahia seems not to be un-pedalling soon, the crunch derby may turn out the season decider with the ‘winner’ going to pick the much coveted prize, except if something major happens.