The final KPL matches of the 2011 season were played on Saturday afternoon. Tusker are the new KPL Champions (that’s old news I know!) Ulinzi are the runners up, followed by Sofapaka. Some random team is fourth and the mighty AFC Leopards finished the season in 5th place! What a turnaround in the second leg of the season where we never lost a single match!
The last match for AFC Leopards was against KCB. I turned out in my Rio Tinto (official jersey) to witness the match at City Stadium. That was my first time there and its location doesn’t inspire safe thoughts! At least while inside the stadium you feel safer!
This is what someone wrote of City Stadium: come Sato and you’ll get a shocker of your life! If you cant stand those creepy insects like ants, grasshoppers and the like,then book yourself at the VIP coz terrace space is limited and underneath, guys pee at will and the remaining space is dominated with overgrown grass. it’s a miracle we haven’t had even a single snake bite so far.
This however did not prevent Ingwe fans from coming out in large numbers… in fact, KCB management that normally charges about kshs. 50 bob for their tickets sold them at Kshs. 200. VIP tickets were going for Kshs. 400 bob. KCB being the home team made a killing, a shame it had it to be from AFC fans because I saw no KCB fans!!
From the very young…
To the almost-old and once-famous Basset Buyuka (I hope that’s the spelling)…
I think The Nation Media Group is starting a Kiswahili paper focused on sports and they had distributed free copies to fans in the stadium. That’s what everyone in that pic up there is busy reading. It’s weird reading sports news in Kiswahili! Anyway, my point is, why are people reading papers instead of watching the match?!
After the match that ended 0-0, some AFC players removed their jerseys and threw them into the crowd. I was too far away to scramble for one!
So Mike Baraza might be on the move to a club in Malaysia and Saturday was his last match at AFC Leopards. It’s heartbreaking to let him go but we wish him all the best! Fans mobbed him after the match for autographs, if you’re a girl he signs on the back of your jersey! If you are a guy you removed your shirt and thrust it in his face!
I can’t wait for the next season of Ingwe football!