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FKF direct Gor to be awarded Sony game

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AWENDO-CHAOSNAIROBI, Kenya, September 9- Football Kenya federation (FKF) has on Monday directed Gor Mahia to be awarded maximum points in their abandoned match against Sony Sugar in Awendo.

In a letter addressed to the CEO of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL), Jack Oguda, K’Ogalo have been awarded the match pursuant to “articles 3.4(b), 3.5 (c) and 3.8 of the Rules of Kenyan football (1998),” that found Sony culpable of causing the abandonment of the match on 84 minutes after Gor were awarded a controversial equaliser for 2-2.

According to FKF CEO, Michael Esakwa who signed the letter, “The 1st assistant referee was assaulted by a player and an official of Sony Sugar FC, there was intervention by the police to control the crowd and the match was stopped for 28 minutes.”

He added that the collapse of the perimeter fence during the September 1 game was an after effect of the stoppage and subsequent abandonment of the match.

FKF reprimanded KPL referee boss, GMT Ottieno for interfering and skewing the decision of the match officials and calling off the match.

On their part, KPL had asked for the fixture to be replayed on September 18 at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, with the league leaders saying they would not honour the rearranged fixture.

Speaking in Awendo after leading his side to a 1-0 win over Ulinzi Stars, Sony coach, Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno referred the matter to his chairman and secretary.

“My work is to ensure the boys are ready for any game we are called on to play. However, the league should be fair for all and not be suited for some big clubs,” the former Gor head coach added.

If Gor get the three points, they will move to 44, nine clear of second placed Sofapaka with nine games to go, bringing them closer to their first title since 1995.

– By Alex Isaboke

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