Local rivalry


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By Tony Ngare

The titanic clash between Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards lived its healthy billing of a rollercoaster ride — at least for the fans.

The usual taunts amongst fans were liberally traded across the terraces with each set of fans having songs to praise their teams and gestures to deride rival fans.

Despite two goals being notched from the penalty spot, this did little to tamper the mood of the fans that had made way to Kasarani Stadium.

Never mind Ingwe are yet to win a match in this season. If there was sizzling action in the pitch the fans spiced it further in the terraces. I tugged along a multilingual pal of mine to help me crack the chants and decipher the gestures exchanged by the fans. Goodness for every chant or gesture, the rival fans had an apt response to it.

The Ingwe fans were buoyed by the arrival of the Isikuti and their noise went a notch higher. However, much to their chagrin the K’Ogallo fans used Isukuti’s beat to not only sing songs in praise of Gor but also occasionally throw in a few lyrical phrases deriding the Leopards’ fans.

Mutual respect

Never mind all this drama was characterised by mutual respect of each other. Respect here is used imaginatively. The only reason some form of respect exists is because no fists were exchanged but this remained a high possibility through the match. I’m told it could have definitely happened had K’ogallo sensed defeat.

AFC fans were repeatedly reminded by their Gor counterparts that Kasarani is no Hope Centre. “Hapa si Kawangware”. It was at Kawangware’s Hope Centre where Ingwe fans run amok and brought down a circumference wall forcing the abandonment of a match.

After the match it was hilarious to find Gor and Ingwe fans patch up and lend their support to their respective teams in the English Premier League.

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