Recent results in the past meetings suggest it should be a routine win for the Green Army Gor Mahia however alot has changed since the last two teams faced each other; a number of players will be playing their first Mashemeji Derby and will be eger to impress. The return of succesful club captain Haurn Shakava from Zambia will be a welcome news to the Gor Mahia team that has been in need of leadership in their backline judging from their league defensive record. It will not be a surprise if he is drafted into the starting line up.
Gor will likely field the experienced Boniface in goal, Philemon will continue at right back; the midfield will likely remain the same as the former Kakamega High youngster Alpha takes his spot alongside Wendo and captain Muguna. Tanzanian International Ulimwengu has a good understanding with Muguna with the later picking his runs with dangerous passes in the previous matches.
Miheso has always stepped up to deliver goals when needed for the team and will take one wide position as Sammy takes the other. The Portugese tactician VAz Pinto emphasized the need to put their previous derby success behind them and focus on a win in his first Mashemeji Derby Match.
On the blue side of the Mashemeji Derby; dangerman Rupia who earned a call up to the national team will lead the line and look foward to continue his impressive form.
Leopards will have the new coach Aussemes taking charge of his first Mashemeji Derby; previous success with Simba in Tanzania cannot be underscored as he is a man with vast experience and success. New boys that have found succss in the team will likely feature in their first Mashemeji Derby; youngstar Lewis Band at left back has showed much consistency while Austin at attacking midfield continues to impress. Collins Shichenje earned his call up to the national team and will be keen to star on such a big stage. New signing and versatile Mugheni has been the driving force behind AFC Leopards charge for the title; take nothing away from Rupia who is definately the starman. Shaka finaly scored in the match against Posta Rangers; his workrate off the ball and aerial prowess has been visible all through.
With both teams looking to cover ground on league leaders Tusker, it promises to be a close match with both coaches keen to avoid defeat in their first Mashemeji Derby.