There has been some mounting tension between Gor Mahia Youth and Kasarani-based Terror Squad over the past two years but on Sunday (Sept 27), the seeming rivalry hit fever pitch as the duo clashed in the final of the Nairobi Champions Cup at Camp Toyoyo.
Gor Mahia Youth were gunning for a second title after wrapping up the Nairobi Provincial League title while there was also the small matter of Kshs. 1 million up for grabs.
Road to the final
The Kogalo juniors had made their way into the final after whitewashing Ken Poly 6-0, while Terror Squad, alias, Red Eagles, had edged Indomitable Lions 2-0 in the semis.
A tense finale was expected and so it proved. Kogalo youth had gotten the better of their opponents when they met in the County League last season, winning 1-0, but Terror Squad looked determined to right that wrong.
However, after 90 minutes of attacking and counter-attacking, the duo could not be separated sending the match into penalties.
Both sides were potent with their spot-kicks as all the first five went in, and so did the next two in sudden death. Terror Squad keeper saved Kogalo’s eighth spot-kick and that signaled the beginning of the end.
A section of Terror Squad fans stormed into the field to celebrate a certain victory despite the fact that Vincent Okello’s side still had to take theirs, while a section of Kogalo Youth fans followed suit, disputing the eligibility of the keeper’s save claiming he had stepped off his line way before the spot-kick was taken.
Referee Antony Ongwayo consulted his assistants but it is unclear whether he allowed the goal to stand or not. The skirmish made it impossible for Terror Squad to take their last spot-kick which had they converted, they would have emerged champions outright and had they missed, the marathon of penalty kicks would have continued.
Terror were declared champions at the end but never got to lift the title or receive the dummy cheque, an occasion which has been set for the near future.