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Three Kogalo fans perished in an accident along Mlolongo road on their way to the stadium on Sunday.
According to the Star newspaper, the victims met their death after the 44-seater matatu they were hanging from passed too close to another stationary matatu on the right-hand side.
Mlolongo chief Peter Ndunda said the driver swerved to avoid a head on collision with an oncoming trailer. The other matatu, also a 44-seater, had stopped to pick passengers at a stage in front of Mulleys Supermarket. The Gor Mahia fans were squeezed between the two vehicles and fell; two died on the spot. The matatu was ferrying the fans from Kawangware to a match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos town. Other passengers who sustained injuries following the impact are still admitted at Shalom Community Hospital. The driver of the stationary matatu is among the victims who sustained serious injuries.
Prior to the accident, club secretary Ben Omondi posted what in hindisght looks like a highly innapropriate message on his social media pages.
So sad, this afternoon we lost 3 of our fans through tragic road accident in Mlolongo.
! May their souls rest in peace:- Kelvin Otieno Juma,”Reflector”, Kennedy Omondi “Omosh Wuod alego” and George Otieno. Evans is in critical condition and currently receiving treatment at Shalom Hospital. They are from Dandora Sharp Corner Branch and Young Achievers.
We condole with the families which lost loved ones and wished quick recovery to the injured.
I join all Kenyans and Gor Mahia Family in praying for the families affected, that they have the strength to overcome this tragedy.
Gor Mahia Football Club
Unfortunately these two did not learn from the previous event when another fan known as Jakababa Jakafadhe lost his life.
Even after details of the grissly accident spread around, some fans were still misbehaving. And it is not clear why the drivers and the police cannot stop this behavior.
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A report on goal.com suggests that Gor Mahia fans were attacked while returning from their Thursday evening match against Zoo Kericho. The complaint will be filed to KPL. However since the incident happened outside the stadium, it is not clear if KPL can do anything.
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Gor Mahia have vowed to lodge a formal complaint with Kenyan Premier League after a section of their fans were attacked by unknown people on Thursday.
The attack happened hours after the team had registered a convincing 4-2 win over Zoo Kericho in a rescheduled league match at Green Stadium.
Gor Mahia Secretary Bernard Omondi has confirmed in a statement that they will write to KPL to protest at the attack. “Yesterday (Thursday), a section of Gor Mahia fans were attacked by unknown people in Kericho town and Kaspoit area on their way back to Kisumu after attending a football match in Kericho.
“They were ambushed and pelted with all manner of crude weaponry. The cars they were traveling in were damaged and the occupants sustained serious bodily injuries. This is unacceptable! We condemn this senseless and backward act in the strongest terms possible.
“Our fans are a great source of inspiration to the players , just like all Kenyan citizens , they must therefore, be assured of their personal safety at all times.
“I have so far informed the relevant authorities in Kericho with a view of having the perpetrators apprehended and subjected to the due legal process,” Omondi said in a statement obtained by Goal.
Omondi added, “to this end, we shall also lodge a formal complain to KPL. If football is to grow, then traveling teams and fans must have a sense of belonging and security.
“Let it be known that our fans have every right to attend matches in any corner of the country to cheer our team. This is a right not a privilege!
“Whereas we appeal to our fans to stay calm and exercise emotional restraint as the matter is being addressed. We as a club, will not be intimidated nor cowed by such cowardice and unwarranted attacks on our players and fans alike.
“I take this earliest opportunity to wish all our injured fans speedy and full recovery. We will stand with you should the need to do so arise, as we have always done in times of need in the past.
“Finally, I must congratulate our playing unit and technical bench for the excellent display that saw them win their second match of the season and retain the pole position in the log.
“I urge our fans to remain peaceful during our upcoming matches and report acts of aggression towards them while traveling for matches. Please turn up in large numbers to cheer our hardworking boys during their next assignment.”
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The Green Army soldier was run over by packed bus along Thika Super Highway last September after he slipped off
Gor Mahia family is mourning once again following the passing on of a fan, who was run over by a bus last season.
The K’Ogalo fan known mostly by his Facebook name ‘Jakababa Jakafadhe’, succumbed to the injuries on Monday after a lengthy four months battle at a Nairobi Hospital.
The Green Army soldier was run over by packed bus along Thika Super Highway last September after he slipped off the moving bus and fell under the bus.
He was part of the Gor Mahia fans traveling back from Thika town after watching K’Ogalo battle to 0-0 draw with host Thika United last season.
The accident happened not far away from Nehema Uhai Hospital (opposite Safari Park Hotel) where he was rushed before he was later referred to St. Francis Hospital in Mwiki-Kasarani.
The news came barely a week after the reigning champions lost another foot ‘soldier’, Dennis Osoti, who died last week.
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Both Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards have been fined Ksh 1 million by the Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC). IDCC is chaired by Professor Migai Akech. Other members are Njeri Onyango, William Booker Odeny, Elijah Gitonga, Peninah Wahome and David Otieno.
The match which was highly anticipated by Gor Mahia fans, was ruined by AFC fans when they realized that they could not win it. There are reports that the fracas was planned by certain politicians.
IDCC ruled that Leopards was guilty of causing the abandonment of the match.
“It’s clear its (AFC Leopards) fans made it impossible for the penalty to be taken. The referee had already made a call for the penalty to be taken and could not have continued with the match unless the penalty was taken.”
However, in their ruling, the IDCC found Gor Mahia liable as hosts. In their ruling they observed that Gor Mahia did not provide sufficient security nor did they print enough tickets.
“Having considered all relevant factors and in the exercise of our powers under Rule 7.8 of the Rules, we apportion liability between the 1st Respondent Gor Mahia) and 2nd Respondent (AFC Leopards) at 60%:40% with the fine assessed at KSh1,000,000.00 hoping that this will get the Respondents to find a way of controlling their fans and generally managing security in future matches. This means that the 1st Respondent, Gor Mahia Football Club will pay KSh600,000.00 while the 2ND Respondent, AFC Leopards SC will pay KSh400,000.00. This fine should be paid within 60 (Sixty) Days from the date hereof,” .
“From an assessment of the evidence and the submissions, a lot of the unfortunate events that happened on that day would have been avoided had proper security arrangements been put in place and the things agreed to be done, done. Gor Mahia failed to print enough tickets and failed to adhere to the safety and security guidelines that had been agreed upon,” IDCC said.
Indeed Gor Mahia did not show sufficient organization for a match of this magnitude especially with regard to making tickets available.
IDCC also recommended that the Kenyan Premier League have a bigger oversight role on security matters in the football matches, electronic ticketing be introduced in the league and matches be called off once a serious breach of security has occurred.
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Gor Mahia have raised the red flag with regard to poor officiating in the Kenya premier league. Club official Ronald Ngala says there is too much poor officiating and nothing is being done about it.
“This issue of poor officiating is becoming too much now and it is being caused by unqualified referees. Every time we complain no one lends an ear to our complains,” Ngala told goal.com on Monday.
Ngala also took issue with the fact that four out of seven of the club’s matches have been officiated by one referee.
“We also take issue with the fact that in our seven matches, four of them have been handled by one referee. This clearly shows that there is a big problem.”
An FKF official confirmed that they have indeed received complaints from several clubs.
We have received a letter from Tusker and understand that several clubs are not happy with officiating in Kenyan Premier League.
“One thing is for sure; all referees in KPL are not qualified because they are either retired or those who have not undergone PET test. We will have to look at the issue if we get more clubs complaining to us.”
The official further went on to say that another test will not be conducted until June.
According to the Daily Nation,none of the 16 centre referees, 24 assistant referees and 16 match commissioners drafted to officiate in this season’s league matches are accredited by Fifa.
In contrast, Kenyan referees who are sanctioned by Fifa continue presiding over matches in the Football Kenya Federation Premier League.
The head of FKF’s Technical Committee, Elly Mukolwe, on Monday confirmed that none of the match officials under the KPL roster has undergone the mandatory tests required of top flight league referees, which is a violation of the Fifa statutes.
“They know the truth. I can say without fear that many of those referees have been brought back from retirement. Some failed even the local Member Association fitness test,” he said.
Poor officiating is a stain on the league’s reputation. If the league is perceived as poorly officiated, the resultant public relations stain can affect public interest, sponsorships and attendance. But even more importantly, the league aficionados should understand that football is an emotional sport and poor officiating can lead to crowd trouble. And this is not unique to Kenya.
And the club officials are best placed to handle this issue. Ambrose Rachier is after all the current KPL chairman. Officials of all clubs have a direct say in how KPL is run and can petition FKF for better referees.
It appears that many fans have still not learned from the travails that the club has gone through over the past year. Club officials have gone from one corporate to another seeking sponsorship to no avail. One of the key reasons the club cannot garner sponsorship is precisely due to crowd trouble both inside and outside the stadium.
What is worse is that this time, the people who tossed foreign objects into the field were fans in the main stand and not fans in Russia. You would typically not expect this kind of behaviour from fans who sit at the main stand. These are the fans who should understand the club’s precarious situation.
There are literally hundreds or thousands of the club’s enemies who cannot wait for slightest sign of crowd trouble to flock to social media to besmirch the club. Some of this politically and/or tribally motivated. These kind of people were actually disappointed when the recent mashemeji derby came and went without incident.
The fact that Mathare United recently penned a ksh 75 million sponsorship deal despite not having a fan base and despite not having the history or pedigree of Gor Mahia should have made it obvious to fans now. Mathare got the sponsorship with very little effort because they have an excellent reputation. Media reports suggest that it was Britam who came seeking a partner. Under normal circumstances, companies would be lining up to sponsor Gor Mahia.
Aside from sponsorship, the club could face the real prospect of being punished by losing point or having to play in an empty stadium, something that the club cannot currently afford. There is also the possibility of sanctions from CAF or FIFA.
It is understandable that fans would be unhappy with poor refereeing. Football is after all a sport that can engender all kinds of emotions. But given the club’s current situation, fans ought to know better.
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Fidel Odinga the Grandson of Kenya’s first Vice President Jaramogi Oginga Odinga and first son of Kenya’s foremost people’s rights fighter Raila Odinga was laid to rest.
Fidel Odinga was an avid Gor Mahia fan. Unbeknownst to most, he was involved in various activities including the youth team. It is for this reason that Gor Mahia fans turned out in droves for his funeral.
According to the Standard,Gor Mahia Football Club carried out the day as they turned up in large numbers to pay their last respect to Fidel Castro during his emotional send-off on Saturday. The fans hummed praise songs and dirges to eulogise the late Fidel Odinga stating that he was a true Gor Mahia hero. “Fidel was a friend of all the people and to be specific the Kogallo family. I sell peanuts in Kisumu, but when games are held in Nairobi I travel all the way to sell to the fans. Fidel would use as much as Sh3000 in purchasing peanuts just for the fans,” said Ezekiel Kawere an ardent fan.
In 2014, Fidel stepped in to offer financial support to Kisumu Rugby Football club. The club had been in a dire financial situation having lost their previous patron. They had forfeited many matches because players simply would not show up. Fidel came to the rescue. It is for this reason that the Kenya Rugby Football Union (KRFU) mandated a moment of silence to remember Fidel.
“I met Fidel Odinga about 10 years ago. Fidel liked rugby very much, had many friends among rugby players, but followed the game very much in the periphery. Only very recently I appealed to him and encouraged him to help out in rugby management; by assisting Kisumu Rugby Football Club which was then struggling in many aspects” said Muthee
“He effected a remarkable, almost immediate, turn-around. He became the Chairman of the team that had been relegated from the top-flight competition and which, in just half of the current season, is topping its second-tier division, virtually guaranteeing itself a place in the play-offs for promotion back to the Kenya Cup”
“Fidel had become my friend whom I admired for the commitment to support rugby in one of the high potential regions in our country, Kisumu, in particular and Nyanza and Western in general. He was so effective in stablising the game, bringing in freshness and boosting morale that the game was looking up like never before”
“Fidel’s humbleness, calmness and easy-going nature was unbelievable. His background was in the top echelons of society but he was the finest example of wonderful Kenyans who get along across diverse class, regional, religious, age or philosophical lines”
Because of his love for sports, rugby players and fans were among the thousands of mourners who made it to Bondo.
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On Saturday November 6 2014, the Gor Mahia fans foundation visited the Kenyatta hospital children’s oncology ward. This is an tradition by the organization which visits children in hospital several times a year.
During the visit, the foundation presented gifts to the children including:
• Mosquito nets
• Drip stands
• Toys (assorted)
• Wheel chairs • Medicine for cancer treatment
• Patient stretchers
• LCD tv sets
• Pay hospital bills for needy patient
• Panel heaters
I would urge the foundation to alert media outlets especially TV stations whenever they engage in CSR activities on behalf of the club.
With the race for the 2014 Tusker premier league heating up, Gor Mahia fans have established a fund to motivate the players.
All contributions are channeled through M-PESA – 0716 373 503.
The initiative started on Wednesday and according to group treasurer Tony Anelka a sum of Sh100, 000 was realised by close of the day. Anelka also led the initiative to raise funds to defray the medical expenses of former Gor Mahia full back Solomon Nasio.
“We’ve had one of the toughest seasons considering financial status of the club and now that the title is in sight, evil forces are all over to make sure we miss it. Our support as fans has been the main source of joy to a team that has shown great dedication and commitment to the club and followers at large.
“Despite the tides since February, the team have remained focused with one thing in mind – winning the title. We are not far from realizing that dream and together, we believe the dream is achievable. Only two matches to go and as good fans that we’ve always been, let’s forget all haters and focus on our team.
“We can put our hands together for a few days to collect something to motivate and appreciate the good work our team has done and is still doing. It’s been fans’ desires to do something and l think time is ripe to start off the drive that can see us collect the much we can. ” said Anelka
Anelka says the target is to reach fans and enable them to contribute any amount.
“Whatever one can get hold of or whatever one can afford, will be of great significance and will positively change the figures and our players will for sure feel your love beyond the 90 minutes of play.”
And with the winds of bad publicity and sabotage trying very hard to derail the club, this is the time when fans must stand tall to support the club.
It is now a mystery as to whom the steward who attacked Sofapaka custodian David Okello is. The supposed steward was caught on live television assaulting Okello after he held on to the ball moments after midfielder Geoffrey Kizito scored Gor’s second to reduce the deficit to one forcing referee Nasur Doka to stop the match for over ten minutes.
Secretary General, Chris Omondi now says the steward is not their member.
“As a club we are convinced he is not one of us because our stewards wear blue bibs with numbers on them but from our footage, the person who attacked the keeper was in a red bib.
“We can’t say those who caused fracas were Gor fans because it’s difficult to define who is a real Gor fan. Wearing a Gor jersey doesn’t mean you are a fan and we believe there are people who were hired to harm the clubs’ image and our progress in retaining the title,” Omondi said according to capital FM.
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