Tag: 2017 Kenya Premier League



28 May 17

Scorer: Jacque Tuyisenge

For the second succesive weekend, Gor Mahia were held to a 1-1 draw. This time it was Posta Rangers who are coached by former Gor Mahia player and coach Sammy Omollo “Pamzo”.
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Rwandese striker Jacques Tuyisenge came off the bench to spare K`Ogalo`s blushes with a well driven shot in the 78minute to turn the game on its head and inject life to the Green Army who had endured frustrating spells.

Veteran Dennis Mukaisi had put the Sammy “Pamzo” Omollo coached mailmen ahead at the hour mark when he lovely chested a cross in the box before slamming past a helpless Boniface Oluoch in Gor Mahia`s goal. The first half had otherwise been a dull affair with neither side having the cutting edge infront of goal but the game sprung to life with 30 minutes left on the clock.

The first real chance of the game fell on Rangers` Joseph Mbugi but he fired awfullly wide after 16 minutes when he should have done much better. Mukaisi came prodding again midway through the first half but fluffed a glorious chance after breaking away from the watch of Musa Mohammed only to fumble with goal on sight.

Missed chances and lethargy made both sets of coaches ring changes with Omollo bringing in Simon Mbugua for Gerald Obwoge while Gor Mahia`s Ze Maria summoned the fresh legs of Tuyisenge, Francis Kahata and Oliver Maloba. The outcome leaves K`Ogalo on 27points from 13 games while Rangers are on 24.

Posta Rangers: Patrick Matasi (GK), Hashim Mukhwana, Luke Ochieng’, Donald Owiti, Collins Omondi, Jerry Santo, Joseph Mbugi, Geoffrey Kataka, Titus Achesa, Jared Obwoge, Dennis Mukaisi.

Subs: Farouk Shikhalo (GK), Simon Mbugua, Simon Ogutu, Eric Kibiru, Joseph Kuria, Gerson Likono, Joseph Nyagah.

Gor Mahia: 29. Bonface Oluoch, 3. Karim Nizigiyimana, 4. Ochieng’ Wellington 5. Musa Mohammed (Cpt), 12. Joash Onyango, 20. Ernest Wendo, 11. Amos Nondi, 10. Kenneth Muguna, 17. Timothy Otieno, 22. Meddie Kagere, 2. Walusimbi Godfrey.

Subs: 16. Shaban Odhoji -GK, 30. Philemon Otieno, 9. Jacques Tuyisenge, 27. Antony Mbugua, 8. Francis Kahata, 21. John Ndirangu, 28. Oliver Maloba.


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19 May 17

After three successive wins, including a 3-0 win over arch rivals AFC Leopards, Gor Mahia will bring their high flying act back to Nyayo stadium as they take on Thika United. Though confidence is running high in the Kogalo camp, coach Ze Maria will not let the team become overconfident.

“Yes, confidence is good on my players, they have self belief which is important at this stage. We have quality in the team and being on top of the table is good, however, we are not getting over confident because it might work against us in the long run. The best thing to do right now is take one match at a time and ensure we get good result.” he said to goal.com

With the match being played at Nyayo stadium, whose playing surface has improved, Kogalo are certain to put their best foot forward. And the players will be rested after going a week without playing.

“Now we have a week before our next match and I think this will be enough time for us to recharge as we work towards another victory.” said Ze Maria.

Last season, Gor Mahia recoded excellent results against Thika United, by winning the first and second legs 2-1. This season, Thika under former Harambee stars ace , Nicholas Muyoti, are struggling and staring at relegation. They are currently at the bottom of the league table.

 


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14 May 17

Gor Mahia recorded their third straight win in the Kenya Premier League. This time it was a hard fought 1-0 win over bogey team Nzoia United at Mumias Sports Complex. The heroes of the day were Meddie Kagere who scored in the 15th minute and Boniface Oluoch who saved a penalty.

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K’Ogalo went to the match with heads raised after winning the ‘Mashemeji’ derby and beating Chemelil Sugar

Gor Mahia edged out Nzoia Sugar 1-0 to consolidate their position at the top of 2017 Kenyan Premier League table.

K’Ogalo went to the match with heads raised after winning ‘Mashemeji’ derby and beating Chemelil Sugar; results which pushed them to joint top with Posta Rangers. Head coach Ze Maria promoted Karim Nizigiyimana and captain Musa Mohammed with Timothy Otieno and Meddie Kagere starting upfront.

Gor Mahia started the match on a higher note dominating the proceedings and finanny bagged all the three points courtesy of Meddie Kagere in the 16th minute. He latched on an incoming ball from the midfield, dodged Nzoia Sugar defense and goalkeeper Mustapha Oduor to hand K’Ogalo the eventual winning goal.

The goal came a few minutes after Timothy Otieno’s header was disallowed and 15 minutes before Nzoia Sugar missed a glorious scoring opportunity. Former AFC Leopards defender Edwin Wafula saw his penalty shot saved by keeper Boniface Oluoch following a foul in the box.

Second-half never bore any fruits for either side with Nzoia Sugar failing to get an equalizer. Gor Mahia are now at the top of the table with 25 points from 11 matches.

Gor Mahia:Boniface Oluoch, Karim Nizigiyimana, Harun Shakava, Musa Mohammed, Ernest Wendo, Wellington Ochieng, Kenneth Muguna, Godfrey Walusimbi, George Odhiambo, Meddie Kagere and Timothy Otieno.

Subs: Shaban Odhoji, Joash Onyango, Innocent Wafula, Oliver Maloba, Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza, Francis Kahata, Amos Nondi.


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12 May 17

Can “Zesh” continue to work his magic?

Gor Mahia have collected six points, scored five goals and conceded none in their last two matches. Will that brilliant run continue? Fans will find out this Saturday as they take on newly promoted Nzoia United.

Having taken over the league lead, coach Ze Maria will want to hold on.

“I am proud of my players’ performance in the last two matches. Those two wins have been very important to us. Now that we are at the top, I am confident we will handle the pressure of being there. We want to remain there until the end of the season,” said Ze Maria to the Standard.

Will fatigue be a factor?

Playing three matches inside 6 days can take its toll on the players. The compressed schedule has been taking its toll on teams this season. Chemelil coach Abdalla Juma blames Wednesday’s loss to Kogalo on fatigue.

“This is a challenge. In fact it is very difficult both for us and for the players. We had a game just two days ago, and today we are playing again, it means that even if I wanted to use a different strategies for today’s match I can’t execute that successfully because of the little time we have I between games,” he said to the Nation.

And this is where coach Ze Maria and to a much larger extent trainer Sandro Fantino will earn their keep. They will need to closely monitor the physical state of each player. He may consider resting a player like Kagere who has already played over 180 minutes this week.

Nzoia United who won the second tier in 2016, have given a good account of themselves since earning promotion to the top tier. They beat Tusker in their first ever KPL match. Last Wednesday, they went down 2-1 to Bandari. In 2016, while in the second tier, they shocked Gor Mahia, thus eliminating them from the GoTV shield.

The match will be played at Mumias Sports complex on Saturday. According to Secretary General Ben Omondi, kickoff time is 3pm.

Down Memory Lane

Back in the 1980s, Nzoia Sugar, which is the precursor of Nzoia United, used to be one of the toughest opponents for Gor Mahia especially at home. Even as Gor Mahia won the league in 1983, 84, 85 and 87, they would beat other teams by significant margins. But Nzoia was always a tough nut to crack. This despite the fact that Nzoia almost always finished in the lower half of the 20 team league.

In those days Nzoia played their home matches at Kanduyi stadium in Bungoma. They had two formidable defenders in Leonard Khayota and Evans Chibinda who was built like tank. Matches pitting the two sides at Kanduyi almost always ended in 0-0 draws and in some cases a 1-0 win for Nzoia.

The radio announcer’s statement would sum up the frustration of the fans who had been listening intently to KBC radio.

“Waskilizaji, Gor wamefanya kazi ya ziada lakini bahati haikusimama. Nzoia wameshinda (listeners, Gor really tried, but were unlucky. Nzoia have won)”

By 2001, Nzoia had turned the tables. They were now the league contenders while Kogalo fought off relegation

 

 


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10 May 17

Scorer: Kenneth Muguna

Gor Mahia have not taken the foot off the accelerator pedal. They continued their brilliant run with a 2-0 win over tough Chemelil Sugar. Timothy Otieno and Kenneth Muguna, both of whom had brilliant games in the mashemeji derby, were both on target.

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The host started off more intent and took only ten minutes to find the breakthrough.

Otieno’s goal

Timothy Otieno latched on a well weighted pass from George Odhiambo before tucking a low effort beneath an onrushing Jairus Adira.

The team almost went 2-0 up ten minutes later as Meddie Kagere forced Adira to a fine save from a low drive in 22nd minute.

The wait for a second was to end after series of two corner which Miller’s rear guard proved up to task with.

Muguna doubles lead

It finally came as Kenneth Muguna reacted quickest to stab home after Adira had spilled a low drive from Innocent Wafula in to his path.

For a second time running, Gor were forced to a first half change as Timothy’s involvement was cut short with an injury sustained in build up to his goal.

The striker was replaced by Oliver Maloba at turn of the 36th minute mark

Millers chance

Chemelil’s only effort at goal in the half saw with MUstapaha Adebayo forcing a speculative strike sail over Boniface Oluoch bar.

The second half saw a handful of clear-cut chances worked out with Miller coming close form a left wing delivery that flashed across Oluoch’s post with nolone to turn home.

Gor on their part looked dangerous from a deployed Innocent Wafula, who plied the right flank as starter ahead of Karim Nizigiyimana.

The Ugandan and his compatriot walusimbi combined for a 70th minute effort that was however thwarted as latter saw his shot blocked.

Trailing took a slight tweaking edge going forward with Laban Gambareko inclusion aiding their forward surge.

The team will however left to contend with a defeat on away grounds with two goals conceded for the first time this season wrapping up their second loss of the season

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Starting X1: Boniface Oluoch, Innocent Wafula Musa Mohammed, Joash Onyango, Ernest Wendo, Wellington Ochieng, Kenneth Muguna, Francis Kahata , Godfrey Walusimbi, George Odhiambo, Meddie Kagere,

Subs: Shaban Odhoji, Karim Nzigiyimana, Oliver Maloba, Anthony Mbugua Amos Nondi, Philemon Otieno, Uyoga Jeconia

Chemelil Starting XI: Jairus Adira, Willis Ouma, Yusuf Suf, Smith Ouko, James Omino, David ojwang, Hillary Echesa, Victor Majid, Mustapha Adebayor, Morris Wandera

Subs: Daniel kiptoo, Himidu Kwizera, Benjamin Okech, Oyugi, Laban Gambereko Moses Osure Anthony Chingwa


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7 May 17

Kagere celebrates with team after scoring

Two first half goals from Meddie Kagere and George Odhiambo and a close ranger header from Timothy Otieno gave Kogalo a 3-0 lead. It represents the largest score by which Gor Mahia have beaten AFC since they thrashed them 5-1 in 1975.

All three goals were well constructed. The first  one resulted when Timothy Otieno latched onto a long pass and lifted the ball above AFC goalkeeper  Ian Otieno in the AFC goal, to make it easy for Meddie Kagere to score the opener in the 18th minute.

The second goal resulted from a precise defence splitting pass from Kenneth Muguna which found Blackberry who had beaten the Ingwe offside trap. Finding himself one on one with Ian Otieno, Blackberry calmly chipped the ball over the hapless goalkeeper for the second goal as Gor Mahia raced to a 2-0 half time lead.

The third goal came in the 83rd minute. From a counter attack, Kenneth Muguna raced towards the AFC goal but he was cynically fouled. The resulting free-kick was taken by Geoffrey Walusimbi who flighted a well driven ball  towards the AFC goal. Kagere cleverly backheeled the ball but it hit the cross bar leaving Ian Otieno well beaten. AFC defenders inexplicably stood still leaving Timothy Otieno wide open. Timothy could not believe his lack but he calmly headed the ball into the net.

All in all Gor Mahia were the better side. Boniface Oluoch was steady in goal albeit he had some moments of overconfidence when handling backpasses that left fans holding their breath.

The defence of Karim Nizigiyimana, Wellington Ochieng, Harun Shakava and Musa Mohamed completely bottled the much vaunted Ingwe attack of Gilbert Fiamenyo, Paul Kiongera and Allan Kataregga, leaving them ineffective.

In Midfield, Wendo proved effective, disrupting AFC moves and silencing those who have been demanding the return of Gattuso. While Walusimbi, Kahata and Muguna linked up really well with the attack of Timothy Otieno, Blackberry and Kagere.

It was an important result for Kogalo as AFC are one of the teams breathing down their neck. The result leave Gor Mahia in second place, still two points behind leaders Posta Rangers.

For Ze Maria it gives him some much needed breathing space especially after he had been threatened by a club official that if he lost this game, he would be out of a job.

Image courtesy of Caleb Oluoch


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30 Apr 17

Kagere tussles with Andrew Juma of Mathare United

Gor Mahia’s plans of taking over the league leadership were stifled on Sunday when they surprisingly lost to struggling Mathare United 0-1 at Thika Stadium. It was an unexpected loss since Mathare have been on the receiving end of heavy defeats.
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Former Gor Mahia youth team players Cliff Nyakeya and Derrick Onyango collectively ensured that K’Ogalo walk home bare handed. Onyango was the man with the assist and Nyakeya is the man, who placed the ball past keeper Boniface Oluoch in the 34th minute.

With the aim of securing three points in order to go ahead of Posta Rangers on the league table, Coach Ze Maria named a strong squad with Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza and Jacques Tuyisenge being part of the arsenal.

Indeed, Mugiraneza showed intention of wanting to etch his name on the score-board in the 20th minute but Mathare United proved smarter by clearing the danger.

Karim Nizigiyimana then launched a number of attacks after Nyakeya goal but things did not work out well for him.

The fight continued in the second half-with the likes of Godfrey Walusimbi being instrumental in search of an equalizer to no avail. Even the introduction of Maloba Oliver never bore any fruits for Gor Mahia.

The Mathare United win is a big morale booster for coach Salim Ali putting into consideration that the ‘Slum Boys’ had registered a draw against Chemelil Sugar after suffering a 5-1 defeat against Ulinzi Stars under him in the absence of head coach Francis Kimanzi.

They have since revealed on their facebook page the secret behind their historic victory. Their Chairman Bob Munro had a word with them in the dressing room ahead of the match.”Gor (Mahia) are clearly confident of victory but seriously underestimate your talents and teamwork. So prove them wrong today.”

Gor Mahia : Boniface Oluoch, Karim Nizigiyimana ,Wellington Ochieng’ , Musa Mohammed, Shakava Haron, Otieno Philemon, Kahata Francis, Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza,Walusimbi Godfrey, Tuyisenge Jacques, Meddie Kagere.

Subs : Fredrick Odhiambo, Onyango Joash, Nondi Amos, Mbugua Athony, Maloba Oliver, Otieno Timothy, Wafula Innocent.

Mathare United : Levis Opiyo, Andrew Juma, George ‘Wise’ Owino, Lennox Ogutu,David Mwangi, Chrispinus Odour, Aboubakar Keya, Daniel Mwaura, Harrsion Mwenda, Cliff Nyakeya, Derrick Onyango.

Subs : Wycliffe Kasaya, Tyson Odhiambo, Roy Okal, Martin Ongori, David Owino, Tyson Otieno, Ronald Okoth.


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26 Apr 17

Wellington Ochieng, Walusimbi, Wafula, Kagere, Maloba, Kahata and Shakava celebrate second goal. Image: Nation

Gor Mahia’s campaign for the 2017 Kenya Premier League title is back on track thanks to an important 2-1 win over Bandari. After dropping two critical points against Tusker last weekend and having lost the league lead, it was imperative that Kogalo get a win in Mbaraki, a place that is notoriously difficult for teams to win at. But Bandari fielding two former Kogalo dangermen: Shaban Kenga, Dan Sserunkuma and Enock Agwanda and with an excellent coach in Paul Nkata, were never going to be pushovers. They have Gor Mahia a difficult time but Kogalo prevailed with goals from Innocent Wafula and Geoffrey Walusimbi

It was Kogalo who dicated terms in the first half. It therefore came as no surprise when Innocent Wafula opened the score in the 10th minute after picking up a pass from Ugandan international, Geoffrey Walusimbi. In recent matches Wafula has not found favor with coach Ze Maria. Whereas Frank Nuttall was always keen to utilize Wafula’s speed down the right flank, Ze Maria has preferred a passing game. Given a rare opportunity, Wafula did not waste it and stamped his name on the scoring sheet for the first time in 2017.

Gor Mahia continued to dictate terms in the first half with Francis Kahata among those coming close. Gor Mahia forced half a dozen corners in the first half with Bandari forcing only one.

Bandari came back into the game in the second half and their efforts paid dividents immediately. In the 50th minute, Musa Mohammed fouled Shaban Kenga in the eighteen yard box and the referee awarded Bandari a penalty, which veteran Abich coolly converted.

Gor Mahia then went hunting for a second goal with Bandari preferring to sit back. The better more positive team was rewarded with a goal in the 66th minute. It was Walusimbi who scored with the assist coming from substitute Oliver Maloba.

Last season, Gor Mahia beat Bandari 2-0 at Mbaraki. But in the return leg in Kisumu, Bandari forced a scoreless draw. The win puts Gor Mahia is sole posssesion of second place behind Posta Rangers who eked out yet another 1-0 win and two points ahead of resurgent Sofapaka who silenced AFC on Wednesday.

Bandari: Joseph Okoth (GK) 2. Noah Abich 3. Mohammed Siraj 4. Felly Mulumba 5. Andrew Waiswa 6. Michael Luvutsi 7. Shaban Kenga 8. Musa Mudde 9. Enock Agwanda 10. Dan Serunkuma 11. Darius Msagha.

Subs: 12. Lukas Indeche 13. Duncan Otewa 14. Anthony Wambani. 15. Mohammed Sharrif 16. Fred Nkata 17. Wilberforce Lugogo 18. Tyron Owino.


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22 Apr 17

Defender Wellington Ochieng tussles with Clifford Alwanga of Tusker

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The Kenya Premier League match pitting Gor Mahia and defending champions Tusker ended in a 0-0 draw at Afraha stadium on Saturday. In the process Kogalo relinquished the top spot to Rangers
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In the Gor-Tusker encounter, the champions were lucky to escape with a point as Gor wasted a dozen scoring chances particularly in the last 15 minutes of an exciting match after the brewers’ Ugandan midfielder Hashim Sempala was sent off.

The smooth flow of the early exchanges was disrupted following a heavy down pour which lasted for half an hour reducing the pitch into a bowl of waterlogged surface.
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SLIPPERY PITCH

After the rain stopped, Gor seemed to master the slippery pitch as they took the game to brewers box.

Meddie Kagere, scorer of Gor’s winning goals in their last two matches, missed a chance to open the scoring for K’Ogalo after his header from Karim Nizigiyimana’s cross went inches off target.

The 2016 KPL MVP Kenneth Muguna also had a rasping shot that missed the target as the 15-time champions intensified their hunt for the opener.

Gor picked up from where they had left it in the second half before Tusker coach George Nsimbe, under-fire after only winning one of the opening five matches, summoned Clifford Alwanga for Michael Khamati.

On the opposite side, Gor tactician Jose Marcelo Ferreira introduced the attacking trio of Timothy Otieno, Innocent Wafula and Francis Kahata for Jacques Tuyisenge, Karim Nizigiyimana and Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza.

The substitutes nearly gave Gor the lead as Otieno fired wide in the 65th minute with his first touch of the ball from inside the area.

Centre Anthony Ogwayo sent off Sempala for a second bookable offence for a high boot.

With 10 minutes to the final whistle, Godfrey Walusimbi – who was brilliant all afternoon – watched haplessly as his shot hit the crossbar, before Muguna was also denied by the woodwork as Gor piled on more pressure on the understrength brewers.

Gor coach was agitated by the officiating and trailed the referee after full time.

“Poor officiating denied us victory. The match official was not equal to the task,” said Ferreira.

Tusker coach George Nsimbe blamed the heavy rains for disrupting their playing pattern.

“We had crafted a winning formula but again we had no control of the weather which made the pitch slippery after it rained heavily,” said Nsimbe.


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21 Apr 17

A penalty from Tuyisenge sunk Tusker last time

Gor Mahia’s are about to start a difficult stretch in the 2017 Kenya Premier League. Whereas the first part of their schedule involved playing two newly promoted sides, they will now go through a stretch where they will play seven title contenders in succession. It starts this weekend with a match against defending champions Tusker.

Though Tusker have started the season poorly, if there is anything that will make their players focus, it is a match against Gor Mahia. Which means Kogalo will need to be at their sharpest as they play Tusker whom they beat earlier this year in the Supercup.

“It’s going to be a very difficult match, they are a strong team that is not in a good position currently to reflect their status as champions, but we are preparing well to make sure we get maximum points” skipper Musa Mohamed told Citizen Sports.

Tusker coach George Nsimbe is confident that the players who were demoralized due to shabby treatment by club management, have put their problems aside and are ready to put their best foot forward.

“We have to handle Gor Mahia like the table leaders that they are. That doesn’t mean that we fear them, it means that we handle them with a little more seriousness. My players are motivated and eager for the match. Everybody has been training very hard for the game because they know they will be facing a very strong team with massive support. This is not new to the boys.” ” Nsimbe said to the official league portal.

Tusker’s poor start which saw them eliminated by a lowly Indian ocean side from the CAF champions league, has been attributed to the fact that the players felt they were not adequately rewarded for winning the Kenya Premier League in 2017.

Gor Mahia’s next four matches are as follows:

Date Teams
Sat 22-04-17 Gor Mahia vs Tusker
Wed 26-04-17 Bandari FC vs Gor Mahia
Sun 30-04-17 Gor Mahia vs Mathare United
Sun 07-05-17 AFC Leopards vs Gor Mahia

Following this stretch, they will play Posta Rangers who are currently second placed, Nzoia United which is the best of the newly promoted teams then Ulinzi Stars.

Musa Mohamed is confident that with Ze Maria and the players available, Gor Mahia will pass these tests with flying colours.“He has the experience to deliver all the titles that we need this season we have targets set for and game by game we are working towards achieving them. “The squad has enough experience and good competition in every position to deliver a treble and Iam sure we can achieve that,” he continued.

Sandro Fantoni Banned for 3 matches

Gor Mahia trainer Sandro Fantoni will serve a three-match touchline ban and be forced to pay a Sh100,000 fine. The Italian trainer has also been warned on his future conduct by the IDCC after being found guilty of provoking a Muhoroni Youth club official, and engaging with a fight with GMT Ottieno, who is a former referee and official of the Kenyan Premier League.

KPL are cracking the whip on unsportsmanlike conduct. Mathare United coach Francis Kimanzi will serve a one month touchline ban and was also fined Sh50,000 by KPL’s Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee after he was found guilty of failing or refusing to leave the technical area as ordered by the referee during a league match pitting his club against Sofapaka FC at the Nyayo National Stadium last November.

AFC Leopards have also been fined Sh150,000 for failing to control its fans in a game against Kakamega Homeboyz. Leopards have also been ordered to pay a fan who was injured in the ensuing confrontation of Sh27,000 as a refund for medical expenses incurred and “pain and suffering”.

All this means Gor Mahia fans and officials will need to watch their step.


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