There is no doubt Gor Mahia still dominates the derby scene even at their low point in the season. This is after beating their arch-rivals AFC Leopards once again in Betway Cup final played at Nyayo National Stadium – Nairobi this Sunday 4th July 2021.
The match went straight to penalty shoutouts after a barren draw in regular time. K’Ogalo goalkeeper Gad Mathews was a hero after saving the first 2 shots by “Ingwe” side narrowing the chances of the “Shemeji” to recover during the post-penalty shootouts.
K’Ogalo will now represent the country in next season’s Caf Confederation Cup. They also pocketed Sh2 million for their success.
Youngster Sydney Ochieng stepped up to score Gor Mahia’s first penalty and Mathews was to give K’Ogalo the advantage when he saved Isaac Kipyegon’s shot.
Kenneth Muguna then sent Leopards keeper Ezekiel Owade the wrong way before Said Tsuma’s shot was parried by Mathews.
Clifton Miheso scored Gor Mahia’s third and while Washington Munene gave Ingwe some lifeline when he scored to make it 3-1, the match was done and dusted when Samuel Onyango scored the fourth to hand K’Ogalo the title.
It was a sweet revenge for Gor Mahia who had lost to AFC Leopards by a solitary goal in the finals in 2013. Gor Mahia have now won the title 11 times, one more than Ingwe.
Gor Mahia coach Carlos Manual Vaz Pinto was elated with the victory, his first title with the club since taking over at the beginning of the season.
“We deserved to win this competition. We have been consistent and today we played very well. I am happy for the boys and the fans,” said Pinto