By ADONGO Moses
There is no sweet moment for a player than receiving a trophy on a podium and taking photos of them unstoppably. This was the rare chance that Gor Mahia players got on Sunday as they celebrated their third consecutive win of the Kenya Premier League trophy. Unlike the previous seasons, the Green Army loyals have usually invaded the pitch and disrupted the celebrations, the Green Army fans yesterday stayed calm allowing the players together with their families to have memorable moments with the trophy. This was after wide calls from different stakeholders within the Gor Mahia ranks requesting the fans to keep away from invading into the pitch.
K’Ogalo on Sunday beat spirited Muhoroni Youth 2-0 to finish the Sportpesa Premier League unbeaten with an impressive 78 points, 20 points ahead of second placed Ulinzi Stars. Goals from Ali Abondo and Michael OIunga made sure that Gor Mahia finished a season unbeaten for the second time, being the only club to have ever held that record in the history of the Kenyan league. The first time G or won a league unbeaten was back in 1976 under coach- player Allan Thigo, being the first local coach to win such a feat.
In a ceremony graced by Siaya senator, James Orengo and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the invisibles were presented with a glittering 12kg SPL trophy measuring 90cm high and 60cm wide. The 1M Italian made trophy embodies the iconic logos of Sportpesa and KPL Companies. Gor Mahia now focuses on winning KPL Top Eight and GoTV trophies to add to the yesterday won feat.
Despite the glory, K’Ogallo who have played the entire season without a sponsor, are worried still as they may be faced with a financial challenge to hold onto some of their best players. Meddie Kagere, Michael Olunga and Geoffrey Walusimbi have their contracts ending this season and Gor Mahia may be faced with a challenge of finding their replacement. However, Gor have always managed to attract the best players in spite of the constraints.