Gor Mahia edged Kenyan Premier League newbies Bidco United in the semi-final through post match penalties to book the particular mouthwatering encounter with Ingwe who knocked out lower division side Equity FC in a similar fashion last month.
Sunday’s clash will be the 10th meeting between the two Kenya’s most successful clubs in the domestic cup, having last met in 2013 final when Gor Mahia lost 0-1 to Leopards courtesy of Peter ‘Pinchez’ Opiyo lone goal.
The first fixture of a similar kind was held in March 1970 when Benson Oballa’s goal was enough for K’Ogalo to register a 1-0 victory over the then Abaluhya Football Club in the semi-final before falling to Nakuru All-Stars in the final match.
However, in the nine meetings since then, Gor Mahia have emerged victorious in six occasions and lost only two in the process. The only draw (0-0) involving the two sides occurred in 1997 before Leopards knocked out Gor Mahia 3-2 on post-match penalties.
Gor Mahia’s two losses have all come in the finals of 1991 and 2013, all of them ending in an identical 1-0 defeat.
Statistically, Gor Mahia have only managed to win once against AFC Leopards in the final. This came in a 2-0 win over Ingwe to lift the coveted cup of the 1987 edition, a cup final that was played in February 1988.
Gor Mahia’s Dominance
Meanwhile, Gor Mahia have been the most lethal side in the attacking front line with a total of 11 goals converted.
The Green Army have been more ruthless to their nemesis in this fixture with their biggest result being a 4-1 drubbing of the Leopards in the first round of the 1976 FA Challenge Cup.
In this massive victory, Allan Thigo scored a brace and additional goals by Maurice Ochieng ‘Sonyi’ and Laban Otieno were enough to skin the big cut alive.
It will definitely be a battle of the titans between the two Kenyan football antagonists with the winner earning a right to represent the country in the CAF Confederations Cup next season with additional KSh2 million cash prize.