May 20, 2024

Mashemeji Derby defeat sparks outrage from Leopards fans

Mashemeji Derby defeat sparks outrage from Leopards fans
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Milimu further called on the team management to rethink their strategy, especially the technical bench, as he concluded by saying, "…the coach is a plumber and they are all useless."

The AFC Leopards camp has been deeply rattled following yet another failed attempt to overcome their long-time rivals, Gor Mahia, during Sunday's Mashemeji Derby.

Ingwe suffered a defeat by a solitary goal, a goal seemingly gifted by their own goalkeeper, who fumbled with a back pass while under pressure from the bullish Austin Odhiambo. Odhiambo lightly poked the ball to give Gor Mahia the only goal of the afternoon, pushing them to 57 points and closer to their 21st title.

This performance has prompted majority of the AFC Leopards family to call for the dropping of the error-prone goalkeeper, who has been accused of making elementary mistakes every time they face Gor Mahia.

AFC Leopards' performance on Sunday left fans at the fully packed Nyayo Stadium agitated, with some nearly assaulting team players for the blunders that cost them continued agony over lost bragging rights.

Despite having a numerical advantage, AFC Leopards failed to capitalize on their chances, even after Gor Mahia goalkeeper Kevin Omondi was shown a red card for fouling the last man, Victor Omune, in the 35th minute.

Victor Milimu, one of AFC Leopards' pundits and fans, was seen lamenting in an online video, stating, "If goalkeeper Opiyo knows he is mentally unfit to play such a high-stakes match like a derby, why do they keep fielding him, yet he makes the same mistakes four or five matches in a row? If you can't commit to the team in the most important fixture, stay on the touchline; you are not worth the badge. He is always committing the same errors of gifting attackers free goals. You can't stay in a team for five years and keep making elementary mistakes," Milimu continued in his rant.

 Milimu further called on the team management to rethink their strategy, especially the technical bench, as he concluded by saying, "…the coach is a plumber and they are all useless."

 


Speaking after the match in a press conference held in the dressing rooms due to the excessive tear gas in the stadium, AFC Leopards coach Thomas Trucha apologized to the fans and said, "I want to apologize to the fans. We should have done better. With our quality, we should have played better." 

Another top fan, Michael Kwambo, says, “Well, well, well... AFC Leopards once again graced us with another display of sheer ineptitude. The players on the pitch showed about as much commitment as a cat chasing a laser pointer. Levis Opiyo, well, it's clear he's still searching for the meaning of donning the AFC jersey, repeatedly making the same mistake in the derby. And Coach Tomas Trucha? Ah, yes, the mastermind. Perhaps he's better suited to coach my village team in Bunyore. Oh, and let's not forget the executive, led by the great Dan Shikanda, who seem to be lost in the wilderness of incompetence. Bravo, Leopards, utterly disappointing, as always.”