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Gor Mahia urge Raila to postpone Jacaranda rally, grace Mashemeji derby

By Cecil Odongo January 26th, 2023 2 min read

Gor Mahia have urged Azimio leader Raila Odinga to postpone a political rally he intends to host in Nairobi on Sunday, January 29, 2023, and instead grace the Mashemeji derby versus AFC Leopards at the Nyayo Stadium on the same day.

Gor Mahia will lock horns with arch-rivals AFC Leopards in a highly anticipated Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League clash in Nairobi from 3pm.

But Mr Odinga, an ardent football fan, has announced he will address a rally at the Jacaranda grounds in Nairobi, from where he is expected to heap pressure on President William Ruto’s government to resign from office in the wake of political fallout from the highly contested August 2022 polls.

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Gor Mahia secretary Sam Ocholla has expressed concerns Mr Odinga rally could affect the Mashemeji derby attendance.

“As our dear patron, we wish to remind you of our Mashemeji Derby Clash with AFC Leopards at 3pm at Nyayo National Stadium, the same day you will be holding a consultative meeting and demo,” said Ocholla in a signed statement.

“We hereby inform you to grace the occasion. We also appeal to you to consider either rescheduling the demo or having it in good time to enable the supporters of both clubs to make their way to the stadium in time for the Derby.”

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Most of Odinga’s loyal fanbase are known to also support either AFC Leopards or Gor Mahia, two of the countries most popular sports entities.

Mr Odinga on Monday addressed a mammoth rally at Kamkunji Grounds in Nairobi, hours after jetting back to the country from a trip to South Africa.

Mr Odinga who has unsuccessfully contested for the presidency on five occasions since 1997, based his rigging theory from a dossier by a yet-to-be-identified whistleblower who reportedly worked for the IEBC during the polls.

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