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Sportpesa Today Games, It will be an all Kenyan affair as Gor Mahia tackles AFC Leopards in the final of SportPesa Super Cup football tournament at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania this afternoon.
This will be the first final pitting the two giants in a Tanzanian soil. The last time the eternal rivals met in the final in a foreign land was in 1985 in Khartoum, Sudan.
Gor beat Leopards 2-0, courtesy of William Obwaka’s brace, to return home with the Cecafa Clubs Championships trophy.
Gor Mahia head coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno has declared that today will be a repeat of the nostalgic 1985 derby.
He said he is taking the game seriously as he is not eager to break the away finals record set by his predecessor Lens Julians in Khartoum.
“History is repeating itself. Gor is going into this match with the thirst to triumph as we have always done in our previous matches in this tournament. We are motivated with the monetary gain for winning this cup and are also eager to play Everton FC on July 13,”Otieno stated.
Otieno is not cowed with the fact that he will be using seven players who have never played a derby before in this contest.
“As you know our best players are with their various national teams. I have been using their replacements in this tournament and the good thing is all have been equal to the task. Even in this final they will be a force to reckon with,” said Otieno.
Otieno urged Gor’s fans to turn up in large numbers in Dar es Salaam to see another history being written under their watch.
But history and greatness that comes with a club like Gor Mahia doesn’t shake up new AFC Leopards head coach Dorian Marin who has warned Gor to prepare for a bumpy ride in the finals.
Marin has already set up his own way of football at the den which he believes will make the game different from the last derby Gor won 3-0 in Nairobi on May 7, 2017.
“If I was able to beat Harambee Stars with a makeshift Red Sea Boys squad (Eritrea) in both home and away encounter in 2006, then what is Gor Mahia to me? They should be a walk in the park” Marin said.
“I have told my boys to forget the past because I personally don’t recognize history. I have broken a bunch of them with some unbelievable clubs and players,” he said Marin.
Subtly, Marin has realized the level of tension that is building up in his squad ahead of the derby, a fact that drove him on Friday to set up a relaxed training atmosphere at the famous Dar es Salaam’s Coco Beach to calm the players.
Leopard’s custodian Ian Otieno who was the ultimate hero in their 4-2 penalty shootout win against Yanga SC on Wednesday has urged his team mates to save Ingwe’s face by beating Gor today.