Kidero picks his star players for Mashemeji derby
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has singled out Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna and AFC Leopards’ Ghana striker Gilbert Fiamenyo for praise, ahead of Sunday’s Mashemeji Derby.
Leopards will host Gor Mahia at the Nyayo National Stadium in the 3pm kick-off that has attracted great interest on social media.
Kidero, himself an ardent football fan, who is remembered for playing a crucial role in helping AFC Leopards secure a lucrative sponsorship deal during his days as Mumias Sugar Managing Director, hosted players and officials from both teams for breakfast at his City Hall offices on Thursday.
And while at it, the Governor congratulated these two players for their impressive performances thus far this season.
“Where is this young man Muguna? I am impressed by the way you are playing, keep working hard and practicing,” Kidero said before adding “And then there is another one but I have forgotten his name (picks paper and reads out) should be Mr Fiamenyo, yes, good stuff, keep it up too.”
At the gathering, Kidero promised he will work overtime to ensure the planned renovations at City Stadium are completed and the facility is ready for use by Kenyan Premier League clubs by the end of this year.
The County Government owned facility was declared unfit to host SportPesa Premier League matches by the Kenyan Premier League Limited last year, and has remained closed ever since.
Muguna is the reigning Kenyan Premier League player of the year, having moved to Gor Mahia from Western Stima in a deal worth Sh1 million.
Fiamenyo meanwhile, has hit the ground running in his debut season in Kenya. He is currently the top scorer with four league goals in six games.