On Saturday 22 September 2012, long-time rivals AFC Leopards and Gor K’Ogalo Mahia will be at the Moi International Sports Center [MISC], Kasarani for their 72nd league match since they first met on May 5 1968.
By name, the two are the most known
teams from Kenya, with their competitive rivalry sweeping through four decades
allowing each of them to carry the title 12 times.
Between 1980 and 1993, the title changed hands between the Leopards and Gor, with Kenya Breweries [now Tusker FC] coming through to crash the party in 1994.
Gor then won it in 1995, while the Leopards locked it in again in 1998.
In their past 71 head-to-head
meetings, AFC have won 25 times and Gor Mahia 19, while 27 of their matches
have ended in draws.
As current standings read, AFC, with 45 points from 24 matches, are ranked second while Gor are third, with 43 points.
Gor Mahia, however, hold the enviable record of going through 13 matches [of which six were away] without a loss. Gor have won five, drawn three and lost four of their 12 away matches, this season.
AFC, the home side, in the upcoming
match, had opened a decent lead at the top, but a failure to win in their past
three matches saw Gor and current leaders Tusker close in. They have, however,
been strong at home, winning seven, losing two and settling for a draw in two
of their eleven 11 home matches this season.
History indicates that the match has a better chance of ending on a draw or going AFC’s way. However, current form clearly shows that Gor will carry the day.
Whichever team wins the match will rise to the top of the log. A draw will also be enough for AFC to move past leaders Tusker.
But the secret is still locked up at the MISC, to be revealed on Saturday evening at 1700hrs, or thereabout
Time to wait and see.