Local celebrities whose careers took a nose dive due to their battle with alcoholism

It Starts with a sip, then a glass and eventually a bottle.Teenage alcoholism is on the rise not only in Kenya but all over the world.

The earlier one starts drinking the higher the chances of early death or self ruin. According to a study, getting drunk before your 15th birthday nearly doubles your risk of an early death. those who start drinking early are 47 percent more likely to die prematurely.

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Many local celebrities have ruined their careers because of the bottle ,although some have transformed most have not been able to regain their sober lives.

Below are some who’s careers took a nose dive

Jimwat

Known by many for his song “Under 18” the soft spoken musician from Kikuyu has had his own struggles with alcoholism which which saw him fade away from the limelight.

His turning point came after he was involved in grisly accident along Thika Road.

Although  many keep their alcohol addiction a secret, Jimwat came out to admit publicly that alcohol almost ruined his life.

“I used to smile but deep down I was suffering, and that’s when I realised I did not have real friends around me, I had fake friends,” Jimwat said, speaking exclusively to Word Is.

“I had 1,000 friends before things went south. They all disappeared and ignored my phone calls. Soon as they start seeing my posters as I try to make a comeback, they have now started crawling back.”

Jimwat said he is working on a song that is based on his real-life experience. “The thing is, I used to spend a lot of cash in the bar compared to my monthly rent,” he said.

“Also, I used to spend more time in the bar than at my place. At times, I never even used to go home, since I would sleep on the bar counter. It was that bad,” added the father of one.

Alcoholism is a serious problem although people don’t see it a as such thus they do not prioritize it as they  should.

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DNA

Born Dennis Kaggia but known to many as DNA. He came into the limelight for his song “Banjuka Tu” and with all the fame came more money and more alcohol.

The talented musician said that his drinking was mainly influenced by peer pressure and bad friends.

In 2016, he said this: click to read here

He speaks out regularly about it to inspire others that there is life after such a situation. Amen to that.

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Hillary Omondi  aka Lefty

Lefty, as he is affectionately referred to in local football circles, is one of the finest left backs Kenya has ever produced but unfortunately he did not realize his full potential.

The Footballer, who’s star started shinning at Kariobangi Grounds, was kicked out for not paying rent in Kariobangi.

Suddenly. the friends that used to hang out with the star  deserted him. Depression crept in and cheap liquor became his best friend. It was always there to “help” him to forget the harsh reality that was his current situation.

He is now a tout to earn a living.

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Timonah Wanyonyi

Timonah Wanyonyi was a household name at Gor Mahia — and the fans, the famous Green Army had a soft spot for him. Then K’Ogalo coach, Bobby Williamson knew just how to get the best out of the diminutive player.

It was not long before before his name became a fixture in the national team Harambee Stars. He went on to become part of Gor Mahia’s history-making squad that ended the club’s 17-year-wait for a league title  in 2013.

With fame came money and more money, the talented player took to alcoholism after a career move that saw him change membership from a good club to a poor performing club

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Caroline Kagia

Sister to secular artiste DNA, Caroline opened up about battling alcoholism in a candid narration on Engage.

She explained that the first time she drunk alcohol was when she was in form 5. She confessed ruefully on how a friend gave her some alcohol and promised her on how ‘high’ she would get after that.

“I was so disappointed But little did I know, that was a sign of a problem. (That she had not got high on 12% of alcohol) Little did I know that I had awoken a sleeping giant because in our family on our paternal side, we are genetically predisposed to alcoholism.”

When she later revealed to her friends in school that she had not got intoxicated, they were confused. She finished her A-levels and then she went to the popular Westlands club, Q’s to celebrate.

Her friend ordered for her a can of Redd’s. Caroline ended up drinking up-to 6 of the cans. The issue is that she did not feel intoxicated enough until she decided to walk. When she tried, she fell.

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The regret she felt after the incident made her decide not to drink again. She then left the country for a foreign country to study for two years. She says she did not like the country. Also, her drinking problem got worse.

She confesses:

“Beers did not work for me. I needed harder drinks to get high. I missed getting raped or dying several times while in this foreign country. I believe it is the prayers of my parents that kept me.”

After one year in the country, she went back home to parents who were very disappointed at her appearance. In 2005 after finishing her studies, she conceived a baby. She again started drinking heavily because she was in denial about having conceived.

She narrates how she started drinking second generation drinks even selling her house hold good just to sustain her habit

It was then that she recognized that she was now a full-blown alcoholic, a fact her dad had diagnosed back in 2007.

She got so low that she even started selling her household goods, including even her doors! Finally in early 2017 she decided to deal with her issue head-on:

She sought help  and is now a recovered alcoholic

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Gor Mahia FC, the undisputed kings of the historical SportPesa Cup

As if there are not enough regional football tournaments to speak of in this modern era of the beautiful game, the recent birth of the SportPesa Super Cup, now known as the SportPesa Cup, could not have come at a more pristine time.

The eight-team knockout tournament was launched in 2017 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania and featured four teams from the Kenyan top flight – the SportPesa Premier League (SPL) and four from the host nation.

The SportPesa Cup was founded by the global gaming giants SportPesa, with a majority of the teams that feature in the tournament are the bookmakers East African partners.

Not only does the SportPesa Cup offer exposure for players from region and increase competition among clubs, but it comes with a prize that is unmatched and unseen in the current strides of African football.

The ultimate winner gets the portentous opportunity to play a once in a lifetime match against nine-time English League champions, Everton FC.

Kenya’s record league champions, Gor Mahia FC, are the undisputed kings of the tournament having emerged victorious in both editions, without conceding a single goal.

Gor’s stellar performance in the competition has gifted them the chance to play against EPL side Everton both on African and English soil, going down 1-2 in Dar before a 4-0 loss at Goodison Park in November 2018.

The 2018 edition was the last to be referred to as the SportPesa Super Cup and it was held at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, with the Kenyan sides this time round getting the opportunity to boast the home advantage that they never experienced in Dar.

Tusker FC and Nakuru All Stars FC who featured in the first edition were replaced by Kariobangi Sharks FC and Kakamega Homeboyz FC who joined Gor and AFC Leopards SC as the Kenyan forces.

Record Tanzanian league champions Simba SC, Yanga SC, Singida United FC and Zanzibar kings Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (JKU) were the visitors.
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The week-long tournament began with plenty of pomp and colour in the streets of Nakuru, with the first whistle of the tournament bringing with it lots of flare, underlining that the masses were in for a captivating week of football.

Yanga were first to be sent packing as seasoned forward Allan Wanga bagged a brace for Homeboyz before substitute Wycliffe Opondo got a late goal to seal a comfortable 3-1 victory and a place in the semis.

The champions took to the pitch next and their intent to defend the title was made clear from the onset as JKU found it very difficult to contain the Dylan Kerr-coached side.

George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo and now Kaizer Chief’s player Godfrey Walusimbi both scored to give Gor a 2-0 half-time lead before Meddie Kagere put the icing on the cake with a superb diving header.
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An emphatic 3-0 victory for Gor as they stamped their authority and stated their desire to lift the coveted trophy once more.

The other two Kenyan sides were not as fortunate as their counterparts, both being knocked out of the tournament via penalty shoot-outs.

Sharks lost 2-3 to Simba courtesy of a brilliant performance by three-time TPL Golden Glove winner Aishi Manyula, who saved two spot kicks to ensure his side set up a semi-final clash against Homeboyz.

In the other quarter, 13-time domestic league winners AFC Leopards, who lost the previous tournament’s final were beaten 4-2 by Singida.

After a two-day rest period, the stakes were definitely higher, the stands were more packed as Homeboyz, and Simba took to the pitch for the first semi-final encounter.

It was a game filled with close-cut chances, horrid misses and fantastic saves from both sets of custodians as the referee blew for full time with the score still barren, meaning it was to be yet another shoot-out for Simba.

Midfielder Jonas Mkude was the hero for the Tanzanians as he kept his cool to score the decisive penalty after Wycliffe Opondo’s shock miss, sending them into their first ever SportPesa Cup final, much to the elation of the travelling fans.

The other semi did not prove to be as hotly-contested as the first with Gor making light work of Singida, a final 2-0 score courtesy of a goal in either half by the tournament’s top scorer Kagere.

There was yet another two-day rest period for all teams to prepare for the final day, with this bringing an opportunity to give back to the society.

Former Nigeria captain Yakubu Ayiegbeni together with some coaches from Everton FC, participated in a coaching clinic with Nakuru All Stars FC, who play in the second tier of Kenyan football- the National Super League (NSL).

Afterwards, they donated football jerseys and balls to local teams as part of SportPesa’s Kits For Africa initiative.
Brilliant passes

Just as was expected, the mood in and around the Afraha Stadium on June 10 told a story of it’s own.

The streets were filled with different colours, with fans from all walks of life streaming into the stadium to show their undying support for their individual teams on display.

Afraha was already registering record numbers from the day’s first kick-off, a third/fourth place play-off between both the losing finalists.

Opondo, the villain from the shootout, opened the scoring in the third minute and offered a sense of hope for the Paul Nkata-coached side, but Danny Lyanga had other plans as he blasted Singida level early in the second half.

The match ended in a stalemate and as the gods would have it, another dramatic penalty shoot-out would determine the bronze medalists and winners of the $7,500 cash prize.

The Tanzanians yet again proved their might from the spot as Singida emerged 4-1 winners.

With less than a half hour left until the final pitting the Kenyan and Tanzanian champions, the stadium was packed to capacity with many fans climbing trees and rooftops in the surrounding area just to catch a glimpse of the riveting action.

As the two sides walked out of the tunnel and onto the pitch, the noise from the K’Ogalo faithful could not be ignored, though the Simba fans in the stands made quite the noise as well.

Everton FC legend and second highest African goal-scorer of all time in the EPL, Yakubu Ayiegbeni, was in the stands for the mouth-watering final and would even later join former Harambee Stars coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee in the commentary box.

The game got off to a flying start as top scorer Kagere found the back of the net yet again in the sixth minute, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

Chances were not as many as expected and a rather cagey first half ended with Gor a goal to the good.

The second half was more enticing as both teams created more chances on goal and it paid off for the home side as prolific forward Jacques Tuyisenge got on the end of a brilliant pass from Humphrey Mieno to score.

Gor continued to dominate the match and held on for the 2-0 victory ensuring that they were once again to be crowned the champions, this time with a ticket to fly to the United Kingdom, becoming the first African club to play a match on English soil.

Having not conceded a single goal, Gor custodian Shaban Odhoji received the Golden Glove Award as Kagere was awarded the Golden Boot.

Gor received a handsome $30,000 for their efforts while runners-up Simba were recipients of a $10,000 cash prize for their respectable performance.

Aki Yaoo! Maina Kageni Finally Meets His GREATEST Football Idol, Wayne Rooney (PHOTOS)

Classic 105’s radio presenter Maina Kageni is a big football fan and when it comes to teams, he’s a die-hard fan of Old Trafford’s Manchester United.

The media personality has always talked about his love and support for the team, and now, one of his life long dreams has come true after meeting former Manchester United’s record goalscorer and former captain, Wayne Rooney.

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The 31-year-old left United after 13 years and returned to his boyhood English club Everton, on a free transfer after enduring a frustrating final season at Old Trafford.

Well, Wayne Rooney and his Everton team-mates are currently in Tanzania ahead of their much anticipated friendly against Kenya’s Gor Mahia FC, where he was welcomed by the Tanzania Minister for Information, Culture and Sport, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe on Wednesday morning.

Rooney is set to make his debut for Everton when they lock horns with Gor Mahia on Thursday afternoon at the Tanzanian national stadium which accommodates a total of 60,000 fans.

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But before the big match, Maina Kageni got the rare opportunity to hang out with the football legend, which is one of the happiest days in his life, which he had even mentioned earlier;

Didn’t think I’d say this …but I’ve never been so proud to see one of my all time favorite football stars, the highest scorer in England wearing a Kenyan brand! Kudos.

Maina shared a picture with the former United player as they had a conversation, with this caption; “With the living Legend!! All the best, Wazza…. Thanks for the trophies, goals and great times!!!

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The thrilled radio presenter also got the chance to hang out with Ronald Koeman, a former Dutch footballer, and the current manager of Everton; “With the Gaffer!! Nice to meet you, Ronald Koeman…. Karibu sana.”

Check them out below. He sure does look super excited.

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Rachier Confirms Gor Mahia is Firmly in KPL League

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has insisted his club is firmly committed to playing in the Kenyan Premier League amid reports suggesting Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards had requested to be included in the newly formed FKF league.

Yesterday it was reported the both had agreed to join the new league as FKF President unveiled the 14 clubs that will take part in the FKF League.

However Rachier has described the statement as act of desperation from FKF President Sammy Nyamweya.

“Those are acts of desperation, kicks of a dying horse, take it from me, Gor Mahia is in the KPL league.” He said.

‘It’s desperate attempt, Sammy Nyamweya is a desperate man, the four teams he promoted have now played against each other, who is going to play now in the league, if he promoted 14 teams, let those teams play in his league.” He added.

The two sides severed ties weeks ago after they failed to agree on the new league format.

“I does not matter what he says or what he thinks, it will be seen on the field, the players will be seen on the field, Gor Mahia will be seen playing where they play” The Kogallo chairman maintained.

Rachier also confirmed they have already received the court order barring KPL from running any parallel league in the country and they will be moving to court to challenge the order.

Yesterday KPL CEO Jack Oguda confirmed the League will not proceed until advised otherwise by the high court.

In the meantime Sports Lawyer Annette Kawira says the two Football Bodies should have referred their case to Sports Tribunal which was formed for such matters

“There is a sports tribunal that is set internally to handle sports matters before moving to High court” The City lawyer said.

“If you can remember, the whole mischief that sports act was trying to cater for, was the issue where two Federations or individuals are in crisis, they used to run court and so to mitigate the situation, a tribunal was appointed to handle such matters” She added.

According to Kawira, the High Court should be the last option for both parties. Kawira says the High court will refer both KPL and FKF to Sports tribunal since the Sports act law is already in place.

Kawira who was part of the team that came up with the sports act says the high court is not allowed to listen to such cases unless it’s an appeal.

“Any judge who has read the law will refer both parties to Sports tribunal, the Sports act states that all cases should start from tribunal before moving to the High Court, the law is already in place” she said.

Kawira says FKF should have have followed proper channels based on the sports act before moving to the High.

“My question would be why they decide to go the high court without first exhausting the options that are available in the sports act” she said.

Yesterday KPL players gave both KPL and FKF a one week ultimatum to solve their wrangles or they will they call for mass protest from all footballers across the country.

Gor Mahia face tricky return leg after 1-0 victory against CNaPS

Gor Mahia will enjoy a slim advantage when they play CNaPS of Madagascar in return leg match of Caf Champions League after edging out to a 1-0 win at Nyayo Stadium.

‎A low ground shot from Khalid Aucho found Michael Olunga unmarked inside CNaPS backline and the former Thika United man was brought down earning his side a penalty. From resultant penalty, Ali ‘Teargas’ Abondo stepped up to score sending CNaPS goalkeeper Randrianasolo the wrong way.

It was Abondo’s third goal since returning to Gor Mahia at the start of this season from Tusker FC. He scored twice on Wednesday when Gor Mahia beat Sofapaka 2-1 in a DStv Super Cup contest at the same venue.

The early goal helped to give K’Ogalo impetus upfront where Olunga was giving his markers trouble. But the visitors were quick to settle in the match getting a fourth minute corner and later they were awarded a free-kick on the edge of Gor Mahia box.

Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall blamed his side for many lost chances. “We deserved to win by a bigger margin but the team is still jelling and so we lost some clear chances.” The return leg will be played after two weeks away.

Gor Mahia should have scored a second on added time but Ugandan defender Goddfrey Walusimbi’s cross from right wing was too much for Odhiambo and Olunga. K”ogalo managed to hang onto a slim advantage and will now need a draw of any kind to progress to the next stage of the competition.

 

Gor kick off Champions League campaign

Gor Mahia make their second attempt at the Africa Champions League in two years hoping to perform better than their first round exit last season.

The Kenya champions take on an otherwise unknown side CNAPs of Madagascar in the preliminary round match with the first leg scheduled for Saturday at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Last season, K’Ogalo, making their first appearance at the Champions League for the first time since 1996 were tossed out by Tunisia giants Esperance losing 3-1 in Nairobi and 3-0 in Tunis. They had eliminated Gabon side US Bitam on post match penalties.

Gor coach Frank Nuttall in an interview said while they do not know anything about CNAPs they will give the match the seriousness it deserves.

“We rank every opponent in this competition. All our opponents are champions in their own countries so we cannot just dismiss them like that,” said the Scotsman.

“Our objective this season is to ensure we perform better than last year when the team lost out in the first round. We would love to reach the group stage, but speaking honestly, it is not going to be easy but we will give it our best shot,” he added.

Gor were seasonal campaigners in the Africa Club Champions, a tournament they have only managed to reach the quarter finals twice in 1969 and 1992.

The 1987 Africa Cup Winners Cup champions however believe that continued participation at the continent’s top level competition will one day bring back the glory. “This is a learning experience for us. We know at this level we cannot be considered among the favourites in this competition, but we are building a team that will one day return to the top,” said Gor Mahia assistant coach John Bobby Ogolla. CNAPs arrived in the country on Thursday and vowed to stop the Kenya champions.

Gor Mahia beats sofapaka 2-1 to lift super cup

Gor Mahia started their campaign for 2015 season on a high note edging out Batoto ba Mungu in curtain raiser to collect their first silverware

Gor Mahia bagged their first silverware in 2015 after a goal in each half downed Sofapaka 2-1 in curtain raiser of DStv Super Cup at Nyayo Stadium on Wednesday night.

Ali Abondo, who returned to K’Ogalo from Tusker, scored both goals in 24th and 68th minute while an own goal by second half substitute Innocent Wafula in added time handed Batoto Ba Mungu a consolation. Abondo tapped in the opener before sealing of the game from well taken penalty.

A late surge by Sofapaka handed them a lifeline with Wafula scoring to his own net but they could not grab an equalizer to take the match to extra time and penalties. An elated Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall praised his charges for playing according to instructions.

“My players did not disappoint today (Wednesday). They played according to instructions and contained Sofapaka, who had resorted to long balls to penetrate our back four. We could have been punished had we insisted on falling to their plans but we maintained our own game and that made the difference.

“As always, the boys were able to raise their game. We performed better than we did in pre-season and showed that the boys are always able to raise their game when it matters most.”

Gor Mahia to play Zambian Power Dynamos at Nyayo Stadium

Gor Mahia will play Zambian league side Power Dynamos in a pre-season build match on Sunday, 1st February 2015 at Nyayo Stadium. The match will kick-off at 4:00pm. Charges will be 500/- for VIP and 200/- for Terraces.

Power Dynamos who are also on a pre-season tour are expected to jet into the country on Friday. The encounter will be K’Ogalo’s fourth friendly match as their pre-season preparations hit top gear.

With the opening CAF champions league assignment barely three weeks away, a high profile foreign opposition would be an ideal test for the KPL champions.

Gor Mahia have so far played four friendly matches registering victories against Bidco United, Western Stima and Mombasa Combined side and lost to Bandari FC.

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Gor Mahia’s ‘Calabar’ set for trials with Simba SC

Gor Mahia and two time Kenyan Premier League Defender of the Year David Owino has landed trials invite at Tanzanian club Simba SC.

K’Ogalo Secretary general Chris Omondi confirmed on Monday that Simba SC have sent an official communication to Gor Mahia in regards to player’s trials invitation.

“We have received a formal request from Simba SC inviting David Owino for trials and if he is successful and satisfies the technical bench, Simba SC will be willing to engage the club over his services. They have made arrangement for the player to travel and join them in camp and will cater for the expenses.” Omondi told club website.

Owino joined Gor Mahia in January 2012 from former premier league side Karuturui Sports and has been a key member of the playing unit throughout his three seasons stay at the club owing his to his strength and versatility on the pitch.

Gor Mahia takes the KPL title (photos)

The date was 8th November 2014, one of the most important days in the Kenyan sports calendar as it marked the end of the the Kenyan premier league season.

Kisumu erupted into ecstatic jubilation as celebrations spread among the Green Army faithful countrywide after Gor Mahia were crowned record 14-time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions on an electric  final day of the season on Saturday.

The defending champions crossed the line unchallenged after thrashing Ushuru FC 3-0 at Moi Stadium as closest challengers.

 

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President Uhuru congratulates Gor Mahia

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated Gor Mahia for winning the Kenyan Premier League title.

In what is considered a first by a sitting president of the republic, Uhuru Kenyatta on his Facebook page said: “Congratulations Gor Mahia for winning the Kenyan Premier League title.”

No president has in the past sent a congratulatory message to the winners of the league and according to KPL Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda, that message in strong enough and it shows the league is followed even by the president.

“We are happy the president has has acknowledged the competitive nature of the league and it proves that he also follows the competition,” said Oguda.

Gor beat Ushuru 3-0 in Kisumu on Saturday win their 14th league title and they are now the most successful club in the country.

 

Gor Mahia retains KPL title

Gor Mahia are the 2014 Kenyan Premier League Champions after triumphing 3-0 over Ushuru at the Kisumu Municipal stadium. Dan Sserunkuma 55′, Simon Mburu 89′, Eric Ochieng’ 49′ gave K’ogalo the much needed goals. This is Gor’s 14th KPL champions title.  Gor Mahia will represent Kenya in the 2015 CAF Champions League.

Officials told to revive football as Gor raise Sh4.3m

Nairobi Senator Mike Gideon Mbuvi Sonko has urged football administrators to forget their political differences and revive the standards of football in the country.

Speaking on Thursday night at the Nairobi Railway Club during a well attended Gor Mahia fund raising, Sonko said the only way to restore Kenya’s football lost glory was for leaders to forget their political differences and work together as a team.

Though he didn’t elaborate further, it appeared the Nairobi Senator was irked by the current football struggle pitting Football Kenya Federation (FKF) against Kenya Premier League (KPL). He urged Gor Mahia to maintain their winning form adding that his love for the club dates back to 1997 when players like Peter Dawo, John Bobby Ogolla and Sammy Onyango Jogoo grabbed headlines with their playing artistry.

 

Raila, Uhuru, Ruto, Sonko to attend Gor Mahia fundraiser

On Thursday, CORD leader Raila Odinga will put aside any political differences he has with the President, DP and Senator Mbuvi Sonko to attend the fund raiser for Gor Mahia football club. This according to a report in the East African Standard.

“Raila is the club’s patron, the president and his deputy have also pledged their assistance to Gor Mahia in tomorrow’s fundraiser which targets to raise Sh20 million,” Gor Mahia Deputy Secretary Anima Ferrari Oketch said.

The fundraiser will be presided over by Governor Evans Kidero who urged the club’s well wishers to join him in boossting the club’s fortunes.

“Gor Mahia has weathered the storm this season. The fundraiser is to give the team stability ahead of the 2015 season.” “Supporters who are not able to make it to the fundraiser can channel their funds to Gor Mahia paybill number 350100. Please join us as we show passion for one of Africa’s iconic football teams,” Kidero added.

FKF lifts ban on Gor, Leopards fans

Football Kenya Federation has lifted the AFC and Gor Mahia ban barring fans from attending their remaining two games of the Kenya Premier League fixtures, following an appeal by the respective clubs. AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia supporters can attend their team’s respective matches against Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth.

In a statement released to the press FKF said, “Until the appeals are heard and dispensed with, the decision to ban fans from attending the matches shall not be enforced and therefore supporters are allowed to attend the respective matches against Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka FC.

“However, the clubs are reminded of their obligation to ensure their supporters conduct does not undermine the integrity of football and any contravention of this spirit bears grave consequences. Further, we remind the home teams of their duty to provide board security and take no chances with the safety before, during and after the matches in question,”

Gor, Leopards appeal against ’empty stadium’ ruling

Football Kenya Federation wishes to confirm that AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia have lodged appeals against National Executive Committee decisions to ban supporters from attending the remainder of their matches this season.
Arising from the appeals, the NEC has today, Thursday October 30th 2014, resolved that:-

1. Until the appeals are heard and dispensed with, the decision to ban fans from attending the matches shall not be enforced and therefore the supporters are at liberty to attend the respective matches against Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka FC.

2. Arising from decision (1) above, however, the clubs are reminded of their inalienable obligation to ensure their supporters conduct does not undermine the integrity of football and any contravention of this spirit bears grave consequences. Further, we remind the home teams of their duty to provide above board security and take no chances with the safety before, during and after the matches in question.

3. A final verdict on the appeals lodged will be communicated in due course after the conclusion of the hearings by the NEC. The reasons hereof are in the interest of natural justice, respect for judicial processes and the principle of innocence until proven guilty.

Signed by: Date: 30 October 2014

Michael Esakwa

Secretary General – Football Kenya Federation

Gor Mahia’s woes persist as FKF locks fans out of matches

Still reeling from the ban from Machakos, KPL table toppers Gor Mahia now face the unenviable job of having to play their last two games of the season in an empty stadium.

Football Kenya Federation made the decision after reviewing Sunday’s events where Gor fans rioted and destroyed property following the 3-2 loss to Sofapaka at the Machakos Stadium.

The FKF statement signed by Secretary General/CEO Michael Esakwa further imposed a half a million shilling fine on the club which is payable within seven days.

Sofapaka did not escape punishment either as FKF castigated the club for failing to provide adequate security during the match as the home team. As a result, Sofapaka will have to pay a fine of Sh300,000 to FKF.

FKF further directed Gor Mahia to provide the identity of a steward fan who broke into the pitch during the match and assaulted the Sofapaka goalkeeper for individual action to be taken against him.

On Monday, Machakos governor Alfred Mutua banned Gor Mahia from playing any matches in Machakos and demanded that the club pays Sh10 million for the damage caused by its fans during the Sunday game.