The Gor Mahia dominance in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) was given a huge reality check on Sunday 6 March with a 0 – 1 loss to arch rivals AFC Leopards in the two teams’ 79th league meeting at the Moi International Sports Center (MISC) Kasarani.
The reigning champions had a bright start to the match, forcing AFC Leopards skipper Lucas Indeche in goal to three great saves in just the opening 11 minutes while George Odhiambo was culpable of loss of concentration when in front of goal.
Innocent Wafula, impressive in the team’s title winning run last season, failed to turn up in the game as AFC Leopards grew in the game as it progressed and the introduction of Allan Kateregga early for the injured debutant Alfred Wekesa worked well for Leopards.
After a barren first half and the game seemingly heading to a stalemate, AFC Leopards coach Ivan Minnaert pulled a masterclass, relieving Simon Abuko for Ivorian Lamine Diallo on the 72nd minute and Diallo did the job with an 81st minute goal that settled the tie.
The win was just as sweet as it got, beating the arch rivals to ascend to the summit of the log with ten points as Gor Mahia continues with the search for the first win.
The other matches on the day saw Bandari return to winning ways with a 1 – 0 victory over visiting Sony Sugar at the Mbaraki Sports Club courtesy of Anthony Kimani’s goal while at Ruaraka John Makwatta scored the lone goal to see Ulinzi Stars beat Ushuru FC 1 – 0.