Fans are preparing to witness the AFC Leopards vs Gor Mahia match on week six of the FKF Premier League season.
Their fates in the 2023/24 season differ but they still remain two of Kenya's biggest clubs. AFC Leopards, 12-time winners of the FKF Premier League, play host to Gor Mahia, 20-time winners and record champions of the Kenyan top flight.
Fans are purchasing their tickets and getting their jerseys ready for another iteration of the historic clash which will be held at the historic Safaricom Stadium Kasarani.
Read on for more match information and predictions.
The #MashemejiDerby is here again! ⚔
This weekend, you either go big or go home as perennial rivals AFC Leopards take on record Kenyan champions Gor Mahia in Kasarani.
Which side will you be backing in the 94th edition?
— SportPesa Kenya (@SportPesa) October 5, 2023
AFC Leopards vs Gor Mahia team news and probable lineups
The 97th Mashemeji Derby, AFC Leopards vs Gor Mahia, Kenya's version of the El Clasico, is set to take place at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani, the pride of joy of the East African nation.
Choosing the 60,000-capacity venue shows how big the game is.
AFC Leopards are the designated home team for this game which means their fans will populate the stadium.
Ingwe are currently struggling in the league, with four draws and one loss keeping them in 15th place. K'Ogalo, meanwhile, are second on the log with two wins and three draws as they seek to defend their 2022/23 title and claim their 21st league triumph.
Clifton Miheso is expected to lead AFC Leopards against his former club. Cliff Nyakeya is also predicted to play in the game to provide support to Miheso while Kevin Kimani is expected to hold the fort in the middle of the park.
Gor Mahia can rely on Benson Omala, who has already scored four times this season, assisted by Ugandan import Rogers Mugisha to lead their attack.
See the predicted lineups of both teams below.
Goalkeeper: Levis Opiyo
Defenders: Randy Bakari, Mahiga Vincent, Odhiambo Kaycie, Munene Washington
Midfielders: Kweyu Bonface, Kimani Kevin, Lukwumwa Moses
Forwards: Yakhama Brian, Nyakeya Cliff, Clifton Miheso
If you're attending the 94th #MashemejiDerby, say 'I'm in! 🙌 🐆 🆚 🐟 .
— AFC Leopards SC (@AFCLeopards) October 5, 2023
Goalkeeper: Matthews Otieno
Defenders: Haruna Shakava, Michael Apudo, Geoffrey Ochieng, Philemon Otieno
Midfielders: Benson Omala, Alpha Onyango, Sydney Ochieng
Forwards: Samuel Onyango, Nicholas Kipkirui, Rogers Mugisha
"I dont think so….. We have a formidable team despite the challenges we have." Club Chairman Ambrose Rachier on if AFC Leopards will win again against Gor Mahia.@SportPesa#Kogalo #Sirkal #SportpesaNaGor #MashemejiDerby pic.twitter.com/ySRzjEF06a
— Gor Mahia FC Ke (@gormahiafcke) October 6, 2023
AFC Leopards vs Gor Mahia probable lineups
*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released
AFC Leopards vs Gor Mahia predictions
Prediction 1 – Draw
Derby matches are no respected of form. This is why AFC Leopards' poor form going into the AFC Leopards vs Gor Mahia match will be inconsequential.
Also, Gor Mahia has been unable to get the better of Ingwe since Johnathan McKinstry took over as K'Ogalo manager three years ago. These facts lead us to believe that a draw is the best outcome for this game.
Prediction 2 – Over 1.5 goals
AFC Leopards vs Gor Mahia will see Ingwe continue their scoring run which has improved over the last two games.
They started the season slowly, failing to find the back of the net in two games. Gor Mahia, on the other hand, have scored in all five. The home team will get on the scoresheet and both teams will end up with a scoreline that is over 1.5 goals.
Prediction 3 – Five total yellow cards
The atmosphere of the AFC Leopards vs Gor Mahia Mashemeji derby game will be such that both teams will go at each other like warriors on the battlefield.
The game will be heated and the referee will be busy. Nothing less than five yellow cards will be issued to both players and staff by the end of the game.
Where to watch AFC Leopards vs Gor Mahia match
Star Times Kenya is the FKF Premier League broadcast partner. Fans of both clubs can tune it at kickoff to enjoy the game. Both teams could also stream the game on their websites or social media channels, so fans will do well to pay attention to those channels.
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago