Gor players to call off ‘strike’ ahead of KPL clash


Gor players to call off 'strike' ahead of KPL clash
FILE:Gor Mahia FC midfielder Kenneth Muguna (L) and teammates reacts after loss to RSB Berkane during their CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final match at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi Kenya on April 07, 2019. RSB Berkane won 2-0. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Striking Gor Mahia players are expected back in camp Wednesday ahead of their Sunday Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clash against struggling Kisumu All Stars in Kisumu
  • The players have for the last two weeks absconded training over salary arrears and it remains to be seen if they will heed the call and report to camp as the financial challenges continue to bite hard at the club.

Striking Gor Mahia players are expected back in camp Wednesday ahead of their Sunday Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clash against struggling Kisumu All Stars in Kisumu

The players have for the last two weeks absconded training over salary arrears and it remains to be seen if they will heed the call and report to camp as the financial challenges continue to bite hard at the club.

The club deputy Secretary General Ronald Ngala admitted they are yet to settle the players’ three months salary arrears noting that they are working hard to address the situation before Wednesday.

‘’We are yet to pay them but we are working on the logistics today (Tuesday). We are feeling the pinch after our sponsor pulled out and it is understandable when the players fail to report to camp,” he said.

The fixture between the two sides was rescheduled after four players from the champions – skipper Kenneth Muguna, Joash Onyango, Lawrence Juma and Clifton Miheso –were selected to represent Kenya in the ongoing Cecafa Senior Challenge tourney in Uganda.

The issue of go slows is not new in Kogalo’s camp and in October captain Kenneth Muguna and his assistant Joash Onyango allegedly boycotted training for close to two weeks citing unpaid salaries and unmet promises.

The KPL champions have been struggling to remain afloat after betting firm closed shop in Kenya over disagreement with the government over tax showdown.

In a recent interview head coach Steve Pollack said he could not penalize any player for ‘absconding training’ since they are ‘rightfully’ demanding their rights.

Gor Mahia sit fourth on the KPL log with 25 points, three below leaders Tusker FC but the champions have played four matches less.

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