The rivalry between Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards has taken a new twist following fresh claims by Ingwe chairman Dan Shikanda that K’Ogallo always go for players they are interested in.

Leopards recently missed out on top target Jules Ulimwengu who signed for Champions Gor Mahia and this seemingly rubbed Shikanda the wrong way.

Referring to Gor as “noisy neighbours”, Shikanda revealed that Ingwe are active in the transfer market but will do things their way.

“Of course, there is no team in the Premier league that is not recruiting and it is only that our neighbours [Gor Mahia] are a bit noisy and want everything to be out there,” Shikanda told Bonga Futaa Online TV.

“We are never following them wherever they go but it is the other way round; they would follow us wherever we go. And if you look at the case now, the players we have been chasing, it is very interesting because they have also been chasing them.

“We are liking chasing the same players. The rivalry extends even to players it is not about the rivalry on the pitch alone.

Shikanda however admitted that they have lost some players to Gor due to the fact that they cannot offer them continental football as it is the case with K’Ogallo.

“Recruitment has been very hot over these [new] players but they had a slight advantage because they are playing in the continental and a few players made a decision to go there because of that,” he said.

He promised a better show from his side in the upcoming Premier League season. With Ingwe now having a sponsor, Shikanda believes that his side can give many teams a run for their money.

Leopards will be looking to end their long wait for a League title next season. The team finished 6th last season with 40 points, 14 behind winners Gor Mahia.