Evading medal ceremony, Gor run into CECAFA ban


Gor Mahia players Ephrem Guikam, Humphrey Mieno and Ondiek Benard join Charles Momanyi in celebration ...
Gor Mahia players Ephrem Guikam, Humphrey Mieno and Ondiek Benard join Charles Momanyi in celebration for their second goal in the 41st minute against Burundi's AS Ports in the Cecafa Club Challenge Tourney. Photo/Vincent Ooro/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • After playing on the edge more than once here in Dar es Salaam, Gor Mahia FC finally fell off the cliff as CECAFA organisers slapped the Kenyan giants with a two-year ban from the regional competition
  • In an ungracious act, Gor who managed a bronze finish after winning their third-place playoff against Zanzibar's Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi, snubbed the awards ceremony as winners Azam SC and runners-up Simba SC rose to the podium for the medal parade

Isaac Swila in Dar, Tanzania

After playing on the edge more than once here in Dar es Salaam, Gor Mahia FC finally fell off the cliff as CECAFA organisers slapped the Kenyan giants with a two-year ban from the regional competition.

In an ungracious act, Gor who managed a bronze finish after winning their third-place playoff against Zanzibar’s Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (JKU), snubbed the awards ceremony as winners Azam SC and runners-up Simba SC rose to the podium for the medal parade.

Gor’s decision to snub the event had irked the tournament organisers with its Executive Committee meting out the drastic disciplinary measure at a press briefing at the Tanzanian commercial capital.

Gor had first rejected the hotel reserved for them on arrival, terming it ‘sub-standard’ and then Friday opted to use the dug-out lobby as their make-shift dressing room as they accused hosts Azam of black magic.

They went on to lose that semis match 2-0 in extra time and thus played JKU – who lost to Simba in the other last four clash – in the battle for third place.

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