Chaos Rock Gor Mahia vs AFC Football Match

Written By Michael Maunda on Monday, March 19, 2012 | 1:43 AM

Kenyan football once again was at the brink at Nyayo National Stadium as Gor Mahia and archrivals AFC played to a tempestuous barren draw on Sunday.

With 20 minutes to go, the match that saw both sides go at each other in the fixture variously known as 'Kenyan Derby' or 'Shemeji (In-laws) Derby' turned on its head when referee Davies Omweno sent-off Gor's Victor Ali for a dangerous two-footed lunge at Leopard's Amon Muchiri.

Some Gor supporters enraged by the decision began rioting in the stands, pelting the pitch with missiles before security forces lobbed tear gas canisters to clear them from the stadium.

Gor Mahia goalkeeper Wycliffe Kasaya and captain Moses Odhiambo averted what could have been an abandoned Kenyan Premier League derby as K’Ogalo and AFC Leopards played to a barren draw on Sunday

Elsewhere, Thika United beat Sony Sugar 1-0 in Thika while Sofapaka edged Western Stima 2-1.
The hype ahead of the Gor vs AFC game was massive, the crowd big and the excitement at its best but the game failed to live to its expectations.

Referee Davies Omweno sent off Victor Ali with 20 minutes of the game remaining and Gor fans, unamused, started hurling stones into the pitch.

Play was stopped for 15 minutes, it seemed the game won’t continue but Kasaya showed leadership advising players to collect the stones from the pitch and ask the fans to calm down. It worked.

Matchwise, there was nothing to write home about in this 71st derby as both sides played a cautious game.

There were no chances, Gor were stronger in the midfield, Leopards were more attack-oriented trying their luck from the wings.

Allan Wanga who has been on form could not go past David Owino and Musa Mohammed in defence.

It was Gor’s fourth point, after three successive defeats in the hands of Muhoroni Youth, Karuturi Sports and Tusker.

Eric Masika, a former Gor Mahia player giving his heart out at the center of the Leopards defence.
Gor coach John “Bobby” Ogolla and Leopards tactician Jan Koops were fine with the result.

“We had gone through so much problems but today the players played their hearts out. Im fine with the result. Thanks to the boys,’’ said Ogolla.

And Koops said: “It’s a derby, Gor is a big team and they gave their best. Leopards too worked their best. I’m happy.’’

In Thika, Dennis Odhiambo scored the lone goal as hosts Thika United beat Sony Sugar 1-0. Thika were arguably the better team taking advantage of a fatigued Sony.

Thika had three good attempts in the first half with their strikers Francis Kahata, Kepha Aswani and Moses Arita blasting wide.
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