It was to be a fine afternoon for the Ingwe brigade. For Patrick Aussems, he was the man that the AFC battalion had spiritually ordained to end the curse as well as the menace. Losing to Gor Mahia now and then. On other hand, resilient coach Vaz Pinto knew clearly what losing or wining would mean to the club as well as his reputation. Of course, here am talking about the bragging rights. For doubters and naysayers, the struggle continues and till then, Gor Mahia is mighty as it is.
There was perhaps no better way than AFC Leopards could have fought the underdog’s tag without surely promising to beat Gor Mahia. It, therefore, makes more sense seeing both the tactical and technical approach that the team deployed from minute one to last. In the dugout, things worsened minute after minute as K’ogalo were on for another win from the in-laws.
Before it could be called a day, Gor Mahia had bagged another trophy for the season. For now, they are the official representative of Kenya to the CAF 2021/22 Confederation Cup.
It was meant to end in regular time. From the start, indications were clear that either the Harun Shakava lead side was going to finish the business early enough or Rupia was the man to put the last nail into the coffin. Neither of the lucid dreams and imaginations happened within the regular time. Not even the substitutes of the likes fiery Peter Thiong’o would help AFC Leopards rise to the occasion. Sammy Onyango of Gor Mahia failed as well.
At this particular stage, the match was already set to end in the penalty shutouts. As it has been the norm since Betway Cup reached the quarterfinals.
Gor Mahia trounce AFC Leopards
After firing blanks in regular time. The moment of the big day came. It was time for the penalty shutouts. To this very end, Patrick Ausems had played tactfully. Bringing in third choice goalkeeper Ezekiel Owade for Jeff Oyemba. Ezekiel is reliably understood to be the master stopper ad the Den. His work, therefore, was clearly spelt out before he could come in. To stop the rained-on lion from being mauled by the Green Army. It, therefore, makes more sense to find a third-choice goalkeeper being substituted towards the tail end of the match.
A determined battalion of the Green Army however would hear and see none of the brouhahas. Time to finish business came and the moment of one versus one came. Both teams lined up their best Arsenals in readiness to take home the other as well as rekindle the long-gone rivalry that marked the beauty of football in the ’90s.
As AFC Leopards were getting jittered by their goalkeeper of the day, Gor Mahia had vested all their club assets and needs in the newbie, Gad Mathews, benching the legendary Bonface ‘Boni’ Oluoch. The Kisumu Day alumni would move ahead to make the club and its legion of fans proud. Bragging rights were all for Gor Mahia to take. In the penalty shutout, Gad Mathews made two saves as Kipyegon and Said Tsuma failed to prove their worth beyond him. It’s only Erick Menene that made a ball past the mighty stopper.
On their side, Gor Mahia managed to bag their four goals through Sydney Ochieng, Keneth Muguna, Clifton Miheso and Sammy Onyango. The match would therefore end in a 4-1 scoreline in favour of the mighty K’ogalo.
CAF Confederation Cup slot
Besides the bragging rights that were further stretched to Gor Mahia by AFC Leopards. Gor Mahia walked away from the empty Nyayo National Stadium with two million while their arch-rivals pocketed 1 million for having participated in the fiery encounter.
Above the rewards and the fanfare, it’s now official that Gor Mahia re now the official representative of Kenya to the CAF Confederation Cup for the 2021/2022 season. indeed, this is a big relief to the resume of the Mighty K’ogalo to whom hellbent operatives at the Kandanda House had denied a chance to represent Kenya at the CAF Champions League by prematurely awarding Tusker the opportunity before the league ended. This is despite CAF having allowed federations to submit their list of participants by the month of August 23rd. Why was the rush necessary? Anyway, ‘Team ya ofisi’
Au revoir K’ogalo!