On Sunday, we take on our greatest rivals AFC Leopards in the final of the Football Kenya Federation Cup.
This will be the 10th meeting between the two sides in the domestic Cup, having last met in 2013 final when we lost 0-1 – courtesy of a goal by our former player Peter ‘Pinchez’ Opiyo.
Our first meeting in this competition was in March 1970 when Benson Oballa’s goal was enough for a 1-0 victory over Abaluhya in the semi-final before falling to Nakuru All-Stars in the final match.
In the nine meetings since then, we have won six encounters and lost only two. The only draw occurred in 1997 – a barren draw, before Leopards knocked us out 3-2 on post-match penalties.
Ironically, our two losses have all come in the finals – in 1991 and 2013, all of them identically 1-0 losses. On our side, we have only won one final, a 2-0 win to lift the 1987 edition (the match played in February 1988).
We have been the more potent side in front of goal, scoring 11 goals while conceding only four goals.
The biggest result was a 4-1 hammering in the first round of the 1976 FA Challenge cup with Allan Thigo scoring a brace and additional goals by Maurice Ochieng ‘Sonyi’ and Laban Otieno.
We hope the boys will carry on with the legacy on Sunday, with the winners earning a right to represent the country in the CAF Confederations Cup.