Gor Mahia gives Shield playoff a wide berth

GOtv Shield

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia are facing hefty sanctions from the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) after failing to show up for their GOtv Shield third place playoff game against Muhoroni Youth at the Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday 13th December.

At the start of last week a domestic treble was well within the Gor Mahia sights but after elimination in the GOtv Shield by Nakumatt FC, the team who win the KPL title and Top 8 Cup failed to show up at the venue for the game after earlier missing the pre match meeting.

The assigned match commissioner Maxim Itur confirmed the club had been contacted prior to the match but said they did not have a team in place as the players had already taken the break for the festivities.

Under the circumstances, Muhoroni Youth, who lost 1 – 4 to Bandari in the other semi final were awarded a walkover and with it bag the Kshs 750,000 prize money that comes with finishing third.

The tournament’s third place playoff has been marred with controversies in previous years. Last year, West Kenya Sugar FC was handed a walkover after AFC Leopards were suspended over hooliganism acts from the team’s fans.