When AFC Leopards Painted Mombasa Blue!

First of all, I would like to say ‘pole’ to masemeji… Gor Mahia lost 1-2 to Congo United. We feel your pain but we celebrate your loss! This past Saturday, both Gor and AFC had matches. AFC was playing Bandari FC at the Kenya Ports Authority Sports Club, Mbaraki. Gor played Congo United in City Stadium, Nairobi.

Match Results: Gor Mahia 1-2 Congo United; AFC Leopards 0-0 Bandari FC

The CLAWS trust sponsored air travel for four lucky fans to watch AFC Leopards play Bandari FC, and I was among the lucky winners! . Other fans had traveled by bus on Friday night. Saturday morning was a mad rush to the airport to beat the ever present traffic on Mombasa Road. We made it in time for the 10am flight on Jetlink.

Kamle, a lucky winner of a ticket to coast, and a young fan, Ryan, at the airport waiting for the flight.

At the airport, we met other fans who were flying to coast, among them Basset Buyuka (he was an NTV news anchor at one time). There were many people who saw us in our beautiful blue and white gear and wished us all the best, though they couldn’t understand why we would fly all the way to Mombasa just to see our team play!

Ingwe Fans Mousakhulu, Mketu and Martin walk to the plane

Take off was smooth even though it was a cloudy day in Nairobi. I had a window seat so I got a number of beautiful pictures using my Samsung Galaxy S2, best phone on earth currently (but do I say!). The air hostesses served us with juice and peanuts and even before you could finish crunching them, we were landing at Moi International Airport Mombasa. The weather was agreeable and we got a cab to the hotel where most of the fans who had traveled overnight were staying.

A view of the clouds from my window seat.. breathtaking!

We were at the Mbaraki sports field in time to watch the buses carrying the players of both teams drive in. They changed into training gear and started their warm-ups. The AFC cheering squad, with its hot babes in short shorts, danced around the stadium, tireless and enthusiastic, making the Bandari cheering squad look lackluster! I guess it’s not easy to match up to the Isikuti!

Some Gor fans came and sat just below us at the spectator steps, and proceeded to amuse us for the better part of the first half. They were supporting AFC, so they claimed! They had a loaf of bread that they washed with something that wasn’t water.

The match finally got underway. We AFC fans were the majority on the grounds. We did our best to cheer on our team. The players weren’t doing their best in the first half and we hoped things would change in the second half. It was still 0-0 at half time and we didn’t want to have traveled all the way and come back with no points!

AFC fans sing as the match is about to kick-off

In the second half, the AFC players put a lot of pressure on the Bandari team. They themselves (AFC players) had pressure to perform, to give us fans at least a goal. However, most shots went wide! A number of corners were wasted, opportunities given away, shots misfired, and by the time the final whistle blew, no goals had been scored! The match ended 0-0 and we got 1 point, which put us at number 7 on the league table as of this Sunday afternoon.

Among the notable attendees of the match was one Mahmoud Abbas, the former Harambee Stars goalkeeper. Also, Brenda Mulinya and her newly wedded husband Allan Wanga took a break from their honeymoon at Watamu to watch the match. Wanga currently plays for Hoang Anh Gia Lai in Vietnam.

Later at the airport, we met the players at the waiting lounge also ready to fly back to Nairobi. I had the chance to talk to the coach, Jan Koops, who was explaining to me why we didn’t win. Suffice to say I shall not be explaining the reasons here, since I was told in confidence. You don’t belive me? Koops and I are best friends. I have a photo to prove it. See below.

Coach Koops and Savvy 'hanging out' :)

  • Kipmkenya

    Even if u hate Gor but can u give the correct result, it was 2-1, STUPID

    • Anonymous

      I don’t hate Gor… they are our rivals yes, but I don’t hate them. Thanks for the correction, changed it to 2-1. Still a loss though, and still 0 points!

      • Danado85

        You think now that Gor is in problems you will win the league..forget it! you hate Gor or not that is not our problem….you can go to hell and come back if you like…
        nyani haoni kundule…nkt

        • Anonymous

          I know the loss hurts so your foul language is forgiven! Still.. embarrassing isn’t it? To be beaten by the team at the bottom of the league!

          • http://greatrnk.wordpress.com The Greatrnk

            At home……Gor lost to the team at the bottom of the league at home!

          • Anonymous

            Tell him!

        • Peter Mulesi

          Bro. if you have any emotive issues with your Gor,do not involve all of us.We are aware you have trouble with your coach, chairman, secretary, name them.Our is the 3(three) points period!

  • Martin Olando

    afc fans, big up for painting Mombasa blue. We Mombasa fans nid to wake up. We didn’t have a banner,while guys from Nai ,Makongeni,Buru,Kibera waliwakilishwa. We are working on that. I had a chance to meet Fred Lutta ,who gave ideas on how to stir up AFC fans inMombasa

    • Anonymous

      We look forward to the next trip in Msa..when you Msa fans will be having your own banner!

  • http://afcleopards.blogspot.com/ Ingwe Fan

    Savvy, so great that you could make it to watch the Leopards.

    It would have been a double win if AFC took all the three points but it is better to take one point (or lose two points) than take none (or lose three points)as our friends across the divide did.

    The rivalry with Gor is a healthy dose to the Kenyan football scene and though some may spew words like ‘hate’ or ‘stupid’, its just part of the game, I guess.

    Hopefully, the coast teams, Bandari and Congo will both not go out of the league as the league needs such trips to the coast and it is upsetting to see both teams still at the bottom of the league.

    • Anonymous

      Sad that they are at the bottom of the league really… they give us an excuse to visit coast every so often!

      • http://afcleopards.blogspot.com/ Ingwe Fan

        Looks like Congo Utd may survive. If they get one or two wins in the remaining matches, they may well survive and make us go to coast again.

        • Anonymous

          I hope they do.. it’s either them, Bandari or City Stars. I feel bad for City Stars though..

  • Omwami

    hey.thanks sana for sharing with us ur experience.i myself travelled via Modern Coast to n from mombasa.ope to make it to sare awendo too on 24th and i ope we get the 3 points. to the gor(goon on rampage) fan, watch this space!!!!!! ule wembe ulinyoa sofamiaw utawanyoa pia nyinyi on 2nd october, that 4point gap will SOON be WIPED OUT.Lose to kcb n we FINISH U OFF on 2nd october and we shall be at par!!!! bad losers.this time referees aren’t assistin u unlike last season.

    • Anonymous

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  • Benson Disi

    Savvy, this is great! I personally like your photo with Coach above. We should appreciate the draw with Bandari- it was an away game. you recall it has not been easy for AFC to even draw away. We should thank our Coach Jan Coops (I call him passionately as KUPUSI meaning big CAT in luhya!) for his effort in rebranding Ingwe! I am sure we shall join you in Awendo and take the 3 points- we are not KOR to loose in Awendo!

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think I will be able to make it for the Awendo game.. but I will keep in touch! The coach is certainly doing his job.. we’re doing well in the charts. KOR has been having a losing streak.. surely Zico cannot coach two teams at the same time!

  • Kamle

    haha koops and savvy BFF

  • Kamle

    haha koops and savvy BFF

    • http://afcleopards.blogspot.com/ Ingwe Fan

      Wait until Koops says ‘And a shout out to the savvy fan of Ingwe’ during his next live interview on Supersport

      • Anonymous

        Ooh, that shall be the greatest day of my AFC fanship life :)

  • http://philodhis26.wordpress.com Odhiambo

    But do i say!! Football ain’t my interest lakini your post makes tick. Even with the vitriol comments, its still the best. hehe

    • Anonymous

      Shall I get you an AFC kit? Local football needs our support!

      • Peter Mulesi

        Wish to take this earliest opportunity to wish our one and only striker, Mike Baraza quick recovery while thanking God for saving his life following the reported accident in Nakuru.
        Many guys ask for the Kit. please organize and let us get them from you.At what prize and where can we find you?I have one T-shirt but need another and for other ingwe fans who keep asking,
        Thanks God Bless INGWE.

      • Peter Mulesi

        Savvy, You may contact me on 0727544134 for the INGWE kit.

        • Anonymous

          Leopards jerseys are available at Jawamed Store located on Mezzanine 2 at Afya Centre, Nairobi. They cost 1.5K

          • Peter Mulesi

            Thanks for you information, your blog and all its contents.I am happy that even the Harambee stars Headcoach has recognized INGWE.Although he took too long!With the call ups, am sure Uganda will face the music.Maybe “Sena Olwanyi and Mukangal” will do in Kampala.

          • http://afcleopards.blogspot.com/ Ingwe Fan

            By the way, according to the official website of Leopards, a new batch of replica jerseys is on sale and this time they also have ladies and kids sizes.

            http://afcleopards.net/index.php?id=639

            AFC Leopards’ second batch of replica jerseys has landed and will be distributed at Imenti House, Moi Avenue Nairobi with immediate effect.,..the latest consignment has provided for ladies custom-made jerseys plus kids

          • Peter Mulesi

            Ingwe,I finally got to Imenti hse n secured two for myself and friend @1.5keach.Thanks, am now all set to witness and confirm INGWE puncture “mtu” 4-kavu.Cheers!

          • Anonymous

            See you Sunday at the derby!

  • Peter Mulesi

    It is true I also made it to Mombasa by bus and enjoyed wearing INGWE brand on the streets of Mombasa.We supported our team despite some nuisance from four Bandari supporters(2men and 2 drunk women).The other team of nuisance was a “shemeji” with a Gor T-shirt marked “Were”.But we proudly chased the Gor demons and they were quiet in no time.You can Recall me “MULESI”.
    INGWE ladies took Mombasa by storm and from the field we fulfilled the constitutional requirement of 1/3 round the stadium.Keep it up ladies, you made us proud and sure enough we were not lonely.
    Those of us who stayed for the night were all over the late night city ;(Pempe Ndovu, Mtwapa, Casablanga et al), and it was always marked by a Mukangala, Sena Olwanyi, songs dedicated to AFC LEOPARDS FANS.
    By Peter Mulesi (Engwe Enkofu)
    MMUST, Nairobi

  • Peter Mulesi

    I was in Mombasa and true, INGWE supporters were all over from the diaspora.Some even came from Zanzibar.
    My advice to the travelling fans is to be in club uniform for purposes of identification and bonding.
    Wish to thank Lutta for his starling performance in mobilizing fans early enough towards the Mbaraki sports ground.
    Special thanks to INGWELETS for surely indicating that AFC LEOPARDS has already complied with the new constitutional requirement of 1/3 women in our stadia.You were even more and very visible.This could be seen from the way ‘coastal poachers” made frantic efforts to get a glimpse of the INGWE ladies.
    We look forward to the “mother of all matches” between the best improved team(AFC LEOPADS) vs.BEST LOSERS.(GOR).
    LONG LIVE INGWE.LONG LIVE INGWE FANS!

    PETER W.MULESI (Engwe Enkofu)
    MMUST, NAIROBI
    KENYA

    • http://afcleopards.blogspot.com/ Ingwe Fan

      Mulesi, your passion form the Leopards is admirable. Ours Forever

      • Peter Mulesi

        Yes pal.In my life it is only AFC LEOPARDS that I have.Truly INGWE is larger than life.!

      • Anonymous

        Yes, ours forever.