Muho riding high
Muhoroni seek to drown Sofapaka as Gor and their fitness coach are charged
Muhoroni Youth will be hoping to celebrate the greatest week in the club’s history by sending former champions Sofapaka out of the SportPesa Premier League when the two sides clash this afternoon.
Muhoroni upset all odds to beat holders Gor Mahia 1-0 in the final of the KPL Top 8 on Wednesday, a feat that bettered even their entrance into the top flight league for the first time five years ago. Kennedy Rono, the scorer of that memorable winner, will be among the starting line up when Tom Juma’s side face Sofapaka, whose days in the top flight league appear numbered.
With four matches left to play, bottom of the table ‘Batoto Ba Mungu’ have 16 points—eight adrift of the safety position currently occupied by Ushuru. That has left the 2009 champions with little window for maneuver with only victory capable of extending their stay beyond this weekend should the tax men get a result away at Thika United on Sunday.
At the same time, the Kenyan Premier League on Wednesday instituted proceedings against Gor Mahia before the Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) over crowd trouble during the final of the 2016 KPL Top 8 Knockout tournament. The league body instructed Gor Mahia to appear before the IDCC on a date that will be later communicated to show cause why disciplinary action should not be taken against the club.
This follows scenes of crowd trouble during the Top 8 Knockout final between Gor Mahia and Muhoroni Youth last Sunday at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi. In the show cause letter to Gor, KPL Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda noted that during the 83rd minute of the match, members, supporters and/or fans of Gor Mahia FC who were sitting on the terraces (Russia) caused the match to be stopped for 12 minutes after they threw stones and bottles to the field of play, a conduct that is contrary to Rules 3.3, 3.4 (a), 6.1 and 7.7 of the Rules of Kenyan Football.
The league further notes that during the last minute of the match, members, supporters and/or fans of Gor Mahia, who were sitting on the terraces, invaded the pitch and as a result led to the match ending prematurely, contrary to Rules 3.3, 3.4 (a) and 7.7 of the Rules of Kenyan football.
In the same breath, KPL has launched proceedings against Gor fitness coach Sandro Fantoni before the Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) for misconduct.
Yusuf Mohamed (L) of Muhoroni Youth and Baron Oketch of Gor Mahia during their 2016 KPL Top 8 Knockout Tournament final at Nyayo Stadium.