NAIROBI, Kenya, November 4- Football Kenya Limited on Thursday temporarily lifted the ban on City Stadium to allow Kenya Premier League (KPL) title contenders Gor Mahia to host Sony Sugar on Saturday.The governing body took the action on the grounds that ‘Kogalo’ provide adequate security and safety procedures at the venue.
“That’s a very big boost for us and our fans because making us play outside Nairobi put us at a disadvantage unlike Ulinzi who we are competing with for the title are playing at home,” said Otieno.
The legendary club earlier this week appealed to have the ban rescinded in order to avoid their fans enduring another long trip to Thika or any other town in a successive weekend.
FKL had banned both City and Nyayo Stadia in the wake of the tragic stampede during the AFC Leopards v Gor match a fortnight ago.
On Saturday’s match, Otieno said that they are treating it like any other fixture.
“Sony is a good team with experienced players and they also have a very good coach. But as I’ve said before, we will take only one match at a time and the way we have been approaching other matches is the same way we are going to approach this one,” said the Harambee Stars assistant coach.
With his team trailing Ulinzi by three points with tow matches to go, Otieno says that his charges are not under any pressure as the season run in approaches.
“We are a young team and most of the players are playing in the premier league for the first time. Our aim was to finish better than fifth position which we did last time. So we don’t have any pressure as a team, we are taking one match at a time,” said Otieno.
A win for Gor and a loss for Ulinzi to Red Berets on Saturday will see both sides tied on 55 points heading into the final round of the league.