Muho rid­ing high

Muhoroni seek to drown So­fa­paka as Gor and their fit­ness coach are charged

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local - FRAN­CIS WADEGU @fwadegu198

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.

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Yusuf Mo­hamed (L) of Muhoroni Youth and Baron Oketch of Gor Mahia dur­ing their 2016 KPL Top 8 Knock­out Tour­na­ment fi­nal at Nyayo Sta­dium.

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