10 November 2012

Kenya: Will Obama Win Inspire Gor Mahia?

Photo: Capital FM
Kenya: Tusker FC retained their domestic league crown 2012.

Memories of the Golden years of Kenyan football (1980s and 1990s) will be evoked today for the first time in over a decade and a half as the curtains come down on the 2012 Kenya Premier League season.

Kenya's most successful clubs--Gor Mahia, Tusker and AFC Leopards-- are in the race for the domestic top flight football title, which remains unpredictable until after the final matches this evening.

Twelve-time champions Gor are in pole position to end their 17-year wait to be crowned the best team in the country as they host Thika United at City Stadium.

They boast of a slim one point lead over their two rivals. Followers of K'ogallo who proclaim ancestral relations (close, distant or imagined) with US President Barrack Obama will be hoping that the historic triumph by the son of K'ogello in the US elections this week will spur Gor's latter day warriors to end the long wait that dates back to 1995.

Watching intently to take advantage of any slip up by the league leaders will be defending champions Tusker and Kogallo's traditional rivals and 13-time champions AFC Leopards. Both teams have 57 points, one less than Gor and will only have a chance of winning the league if Gor fail to triumph today.

Tusker travel the short distance from their Ruaraka base to Kawangware to play Nairobi City Stars at Hope Centre while Leopards arrived in Awendo yesterday ready for their clash with Chemelil Sugar at the Awendo Green Stadium

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