Five African football derbies that Gor Mahia vs AFC Leopards still cannot match

Five African football derbies that Gor Mahia vs AFC Leopards still cannot match

Joel Omotto 08:10 - 21.04.2024

Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards will faceoff in the latest Mashemeji derby on Sunday but what are the top football derbies in Africa that Kenya’s top clash can't hold a candle to?

Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards will clash on Sunday April 21 in the Mashemeji derby with three points and pride at stake.

The Mashemeji derby is one of the top football derbies in Africa given it transcends sport, becoming one of the top epic battles etched into the cultural fabric of Kenya.

However, across the African continent, several derbies stand out for their intensity, history, and the fervor of their supporters that the Mashemeji derby still cannot match. Let's take a closer look at some of the top African football derbies.

Cairo Derby

The Cairo Derby is a clash of titans, featuring Al Ahly and Zamalek, two of Africa's footballing giants. With both clubs boasting an illustrious history of continental success, the rivalry between them is fierce and deeply ingrained.

Matches between these powerhouses have often been marred by violence, leading to games being played behind closed doors. Yet, the passion of their fans remains undiminished, making this derby one of the most captivating spectacles in African football.

Soweto Derby

In South Africa, the Soweto Derby reigns supreme, pitting Kaizer Chiefs against Orlando Pirates in a battle for local bragging rights. Founded in the heart of Soweto, these clubs carry the hopes and dreams of their communities.

While Kaizer Chiefs have enjoyed unparalleled success under the leadership of their founder, Orlando Pirates have been seeking to assert their dominance and carve out their own legacy. The Soweto Derby is not just a football match; it's a cultural phenomenon that unites and divides in equal measure.

Casablanca Derby

In Morocco, the Casablanca Derby is a clash of civilizations, pitting Raja Casablanca against Wydad Casablanca in a battle for supremacy.

Played out in the cauldron of the Stade Mohamed V, this derby is renowned for its electrifying atmosphere and passionate fans. With both clubs boasting impressive trophy cabinets, every encounter between them is a spectacle of skill, tension, and drama.

Tunis Derby

Tunisia's footballing landscape is dominated by the fierce rivalry between Club Africain and Esperance de Tunis.

Rooted in historical and social divides, this derby transcends sport, symbolizing the clash between the old guard and the upstarts. Played out in the iconic Stade Olympique de Rades, the Tunis Derby captures the imagination of football fans across the nation, evoking comparisons to some of the biggest derbies in the world.

Kariakoo Derby

In East Africa, the Dar Es Salaam Derby, also known as the Kariakoo Derby, takes center stage, featuring Simba SC and Young Africans.

The latest Kariakoo Derby was played on Saturday April 20 with Yanga winning 2-1 to extend their league lead over their bitter rivals to 12 points.

As the top clubs in Tanzania, they command the loyalty of millions of fans, not only from their homeland but also from neighbouring countries.

With a rich history of competition and success, the Dar Es Salaam Derby is a celebration of East African football, showcasing the talent and passion that defines the region.

These derbies are more than just football matches; they are cultural events that unite communities, ignite passions, and celebrate the rich tapestry of African football. As the continent continues to produce top talent and captivate the world with its passion for the beautiful game, these derbies will remain at the heart of African footballing heritage.