Gor Mahia finally confirm trip to Congo
Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia will honour Sunday’s Caf Champions League fixture against Congolese side AC Leopards after all.
This is after the club acquired a grant from the Kenyan Premier League limited that will enable them to travel to the Central African nation for the match.
Club chairman Ambrose Rachier confirmed the development saying the club management resorted to taking an advance sum against their annual grant from KPL, and that they have arranged for the team’s departure on Friday morning.
“We have been granted something of an advance from KPL, and we shall be traveling to Brazzaville tomorrow (Friday) before we make our way to Dolisie,” Rachier said.
K’Ogalo are scheduled to play their Congolese opponents on Sunday afternoon but by midday Thursday, not a single cent had been paid out to the club’s travelling agents, and club officials were banking on sheer faith that well-wishers would come to the team’s rescue.
And while the team’s now organized travel plans could pass as good news, it is worth noting that the team has lost two days’ worth of training this week during which players boycotted training due to salary arrears.
The 14-time champions owe its players salary balances for the month of March and accrued winning and travelling bonuses running into millions of shillings, while the new signings are yet to receive their sign on fees in full.
MATHARE HOLD SOFAPAKA
Meanwhile, GOtv Shield holders Sofapaka came from behind to hold Mathare United 1-1 in an exciting Kenyan Premier League match at the Nyayo National Stadium on Thursday evening.
Daniel Mwaura and Enock Agwanda each scored goal apiece in the first half of the match to settle the affair.
Mathare went ahead in the 12th minute when Mwaura connected with Noah Abich’s corner for the match opener.
Sofapaka’s equalizer came in the form of a penalty in the 36th minute after Edgar ‘Fighter’ Ochieng felled Burundian Abdul Fiston inside the box with Agwanda converting the resultant penalty.
Dead ball specialist Abich came close at the half hour mark with a powerful but misdirected free kick which went over the bar.
Veteran John Baraza also had a chance for Sofapaka in the 76th minute with a powerful shot from outside the box that went narrowly wide.
Mathare Unites assistant coach Collins Omondi congratulated his boys for their performance but questioned the referee’s decision to award Sofapaka a penalty.
“I am happy that we have managed to squeeze a point from this match because we were not able to do that last year. My team played very well and we should have won the match,” Omondi said.