Women’s Mashemeji derby in the offing as AFC Leopards & Gor Mahia’s female sides clash in season finale

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Women’s Mashemeji derby in the offing as AFC Leopards & Gor Mahia’s female sides clash in season finale

Joel Omotto 09:46 - 19.04.2024

There will be a rare Mashemeji derby next weekend when AFC Leopards women’s team and their Gor Mahia counterparts face off with Ingwe inching closer to promotion.

There will be two Mashemeji derbies in as many weeks when AFC Leopards women’s side Makolanders and Gor Mahia’s Acakoro Ladies clash with promotion at stake next weekend.

Makolanders lead the FKF Women Division One Zone A League with 35 points, four ahead of Acakoro, and with one match remaining, they are all but guaranteed promotion to the second tier Women’s Super League next season.

However, they will want to do it in style as they take on Acakoro in the final match of the season on April 28 at Our Lady Fatima grounds in what will be a rare serving of Mashemeji derby involving the women’s sides of Leopards and Gor Mahia.

Ingwe and K’Ogalo sealed partnerships with the two teams to become their women’s side to comply with CAF regulations that required every top-flight side to have a female team on their roster.

That means while the two sides have been playing under their original names, they are effectively representing Leopards and Gor Mahia, adding another layer of rivalry.

Makolanders extended their lead at the top of the eight-team log after last weekend’s opponents Nairobi Starlets failed to show up for their match, handing them three free points and a 2-0 win as per the regulations.

Acakoro, meanwhile, missed an opportunity to make the final match of the season a contest when they suffered a 1-0 loss to Githothua Starlets, giving their rivals a massive advantage.

Makolanders also have the league’s top scorers in Joyline Atieno, who has scored 10 goals, while Evamia Nyakha has nine, same as Florence Akinyi of Acakoro.

With the male version of the Mashemeji derby taking place at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday, supporters of the two clubs had hoped that the women’s match would be played on the same day to spice up the event, but they will have to wait for another week to witness their female sides go head-to-head.

Gor Mahia head into the weekend’s clash enjoying a nine-point lead at the top of the FKF Premier League table while Leopards are eighth but the two teams are on the back of morale-boosting wins last weekend.

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