Trouble for Gor as CECAFA to mete disciplinary measures after medal snub


(FILE)Gor Mahia FC players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Kenyan Premier League ...
(FILE)Gor Mahia FC players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Kenyan Premier League finals at the Moi stadium in Kisumu on November 18, 2017. Gor won 2-2. Photo/Oliver Ananda/Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • Gor Mahia is starring at yet another  round of trouble after their shameful act here on Friday when they snubbed their medal hand-over- ceremony.
  • By virtue of finishing third in the Cecafa Kagame Cup which concluded on Friday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Gor Mahia players and technical bench officials were expected to line-up for their bronze medal parade but their players skipped the ceremony, letting only Simba SC and Azam FC who emerged as first runner-up and champions respectively take part in the brief event.

Isaac Swila in Dar, Tanzania

Gor Mahia is starring at yet another  round of trouble after their shameful act here on Friday when they snubbed their medal hand-over- ceremony.

By virtue of finishing third in the Cecafa Kagame Cup which concluded on Friday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Gor Mahia players and technical bench officials were expected to line-up for their bronze medal parade but their players skipped the ceremony, letting only Simba SC and Azam FC who emerged as first runner-up and champions respectively take part in the brief event.

And the decision to snub the event, Citizen Digital understands, has irked the tournament organisers with Cecafa Executive Committee  expected to announce tough disciplinary measures against Gor at a press briefing set for Saturday in Dar es Salaam.

Gor opted to stay out of the medal handover ceremony for unknown reasons, keeping top Tanzanian Government officials who included the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Minister of Sports waiting.

Eventually, the ceremony went on without their participation.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, Cecafa secretary general Nicholas Musonye said that the committee is disappointed by Gor’s unsporting behavior.

“Everyone was wondering where they were.We couldn’t keep the Minister and the Speaker of the National Assembly waiting. The medals were given out but they didn’t participate. The other day they refused to use the changing rooms for no good reason.

“The committee is questioning their behaviour and asking why. The resolutions of the Committee will be known tomorrow(at the press briefing),”Musonye said, preferring not to jump the gun

Since landing in Dar es Salaam for the competition, Gor have leaped from one calamity into another .First, they rejected the hotel reserved for them here since it did not have a swimming pool, prompting organisers to transfer them to the De Mag Hotel, located at the outskirts of the city centre.

But that is jot all, on Wednesday, prior to their semi-final clash with Azam FC, they declined to use the changing rooms designated for them on claims of witch craft.

It so however seems that matters could have come to ahead for the club after their latest unsporting act on the day the curtains came down on the tourney.

Citizen Digital has also gathered that one of the reasons that may have contributed to the medal snub is the desire by the players to be handed the Ksh 1 million they won by virtue of finishing third in cash while still here.

Cecafa boss Musonye has in the meantime clarified that he had asked the club officials to furnish him with the club’s bank details for transfer  of the monies but the officials are yet to do so.

“I had told them to give me their bank details so that the money can be transferred to their bank so that by Monday they have it but up to now they haven’t . Simba and Azam have provided theirs.”

“You can’t walk around with 10,000 dollars .In Kenya you are not even allowed to withdraw more than Ksh 1 million from the counter and that is why we wanted a bank transfer. It’s safe and secure.”

It remains unclear if the club’s leadership had entered into an agreement with the players to have the cash handed over to them even as speculation continue to mount that the players are contemplating skipping training sessions as away of protest.

However, all eyes and ears will be trained at Pea Cock Hotel, venue of Saturday’s  Cecafa Executive Committee briefing with observers, journalists and stakeholders keen to know what resolutions the body will have made on the defiant Gor.

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