NEXT IN ACTION….

Posted: September 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 Saturday, 22nd September two pm, East African time- the duel begins. If you’ve missed them before don’t miss them again. I’m talking the famed Kenyan derby.  AFC Leopards (Ingwe) take on Gor Mahia (K’ogalo). In a blockbuster weekend, it’s probably for the best, that the clash epitomizing the intrigues of the newly branded Tusker Premier League was moved to Saturday. FKF played their hand. Well done I say. Ticketing starts Friday with Bob Morgan outlets in Nairobi charging 200 bob for the terraces and a manageable 500 for VIP. This clash will witness the greatest match attendance for the season and Supersport must be smirking their lips. Maximum viewership. Undoubtedly- the silver lining that sponsors have been blowing candles over cake for. On a good day, security will see to it the fight remains within the green area. For the goons out to spoil the party…a quick word. There are taxpayers working their butts off, to spend that money on things they won’t regret. Like Saturday’s derby.

                                          AFC Leopards fan’s supporting their team ( courtesy of Goal.com )

Okay now, while Gor have been busy building momentum, AFC sat back to admire the leopard spots they have printed on the league this year. While Gor were busy cutting down the 17 point difference from their arch rivals, AFC blessed log leaders Tusker by letting go their seven point advantage. Understand that this is the ultimate title decider, especially with Tusker edging AFC on goal difference. A trophy-less 13 year wait is in the balance. As the derby’s hitherto and pomp paint the city in the next few hours, Gor’s preparation comes to mind. Logarusic, the Croat took a sunset trip home. Who would have thought? A trip? At least not now. Not when the league decider is playing to your hands. Even with the all-time, best FCB team, Guardiola had his sabbatical after slugging it out with the Special One to the last minute. The kind of franchise player who needs no water breaks. Not till it’s done. Now Vilanova might get into eye-poking feuds without “compadre” Pep on his side! Black belt lessons perhaps?

The K’ogalo faithful saluting their stars  ( Courtesy of  Kenya forum )

Unlike Koops, who is burning the midnight oil through the week in search of inspiration for his side, Dravko is playing a different ballgame. In his wake (a week’s absence), Gor is under the close watch of fitness trainer, Igenda, and second in command Ogolla. The effects of this remain unknown, but in football…well??  Maybe that’s just a result of me paying unnecessary attention. The Gor camp is in high spirits, and rightly so. SSerunkuma can’t wait to get going; George Bwana just organized a motivation dinner for the squad, while Solomon Nasio, Moses Odhiambo and Chris Wekesa made the cut for Michel’s squad in the upcoming Stars’ CECAFA challenge in November.  That’s a morale booster. Leopards, on the other hand have kept their poker face. Considering the quagmire they are in, it’s in their best interests to keep the surroundings of Mumias Complex serene.

That said, the management board at AFC does not lack in inspiring and marshalling belief in staff- qualities of an effective HRM. Leopards squad have been assured a cool 50,000 Kshs on beating Gor, and pissing on their pride and title hopes. Time for the players to give the title a second shot of adrenaline? Indeed! In sweetening the deal, AFC players might land another 250, 000 Ksh. for winning the league. Configure that alongside the gross benefits from sponsors for winning the league… not bad.

Well, last time out, this derby faded to a paltry, goalless draw. Odds for another? Unlikely. I’d go all in for a counter-wager at Gaming International. 8 games to go and all sides are gunning for points. Hunting season. Keep it Chengafunga for more.

TPL 2012 log (top 10)

Rank

Team

Played

Wins

Draws

Loss

Scored for

Scored against

+/-

Points

1 AFC Leopards 24 13 6 5 33 19 14 45
2 Gor Mahia 24 12 7 5 26 15 11 43
3 Tusker 23 11 9 3 27 12 15 42
4 Thika United 24 12 6 6 33 26 7 42
5 Sofapaka 24 11 7 6 26 17 9 40
6 Ulinzi Stars 24 12 4 8 30 23 7 40
7 Western Stima 25 10 6 9 25 18 7 36
8 Chemelil Sugar 24 7 10 7 14 15 -1 31
9 Karuturi Sports 25 7 8 10 17 24 -7 29
10 Mathare United 24 6 10 8 26 29 -3 28

(Tusker won their game in hand)

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