Gor Mahia’s aspirations for a second succesive title received a severe jolt when they were not just beaten but were outplayed by a resilient Sofapaka side. Coach Frank Nuttall admitted that Sofapaka were the better side.
Indeed Sofapaka appeared more determined and with a greater sense of urgency. Nevertheless, Gor Mahia are still ahead by one point and therefore still control their own destiny. Should they win their final two matches against Muhoroni in Kisumu and against Ushuru, they will clinch the title.
Coach Frank Nuttal remains optimistic that his team can still clinch the diadem. “There are two matches remaining and we will see what happens. Our opponents are also trying to win the title but we have to give our best,” Nuttal said after Sunday’s match.
If they falter, they will be hoping that Sofapaka slips up as well. But if Gor Mahia cannot handle their business in the last two games and if Sofapaaka follow up their win over Gor Mahia by beating AFC and Tusker then it must be said that they deserve the title.
Governor Mutua slaps Gor Mahia with heavy fine and ban
Gor Mahia have been banned from playing at Kenyatta Stadium. In addition, the county wants the club to pay Sh10m for damages caused by fans during and after Sunday match. In a post appearing on Governor Mutua’s Facebook page, the county said it is reviewing CCTV footage and will be instituting cases against individual rowdy and violent Gor Mahia fans who caused mayhem in Machakos.
“Gor Mahia is an amazing football club. However, the violent behaviour of its fans during and after yesterday’s match against Sofapaka FC in Machakos was despicable and unacceptable,” said Governor Mutua. “As a preventive measure and so as to ensure no one is injured or killed after a Gor Mahia or any other football match in Machakos, the County Government of Machakos has banned Gor Mahia Football team from playing in Machakos County Stadium until further notice.” Mutua says the County is invoicing Gor Mahia football team for an estimated Sh10 million as compensation of destroyed County Government and Private property.
It is amazing because Gor Mahia have just recently watched arch rivals AFC Leopards receive a hefty penalty but it still did not sink into their brains that they ought to behave themselves.
However the KES 10 million figure does seem arbitrary. So now Gor Mahia suposedly owes KRA and also supposedly owes Machakos county KES 10 million despite them not being the hosting team.