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Club secretary writes to football federation protesting the appointment of Kirwa who he believes has links with the military the main sponsors of Gor's opponents Ulinzi Stars

Gor Mahia has taken issue with the appointment of center referee Sylvester Kirwa to handle Sunday’s Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Top Eight final clash against Ulinzi Stars.

According to a letter to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and copied to KPL, Gor Mahia secretary general George Bwana says his club feels Kirwa is not suitable to handle the match given his links with the military who are the sponsors of Ulinzi Stars Football Club.

Kirwa, an experienced referee is a chaplain in the military and Bwana says he is already compromised given his nature of work.

“We have issues with the appointment of Kirwa to handle our Top Eight final clash. We are aware the Kirwa is a chaplain in the military and as such should not be in charge of a game involving the military,” said Bwana in his letter.

“We therefore, request the FKF referees committee to appoint another center referee to be in charge of this important match.”

Gor Mahia and Ulinzi will clash in the final of the competition that brings together the Top Eight clubs of the previous season. Ulinzi Stars are the defending champions. They beat Western Stima last year to lift the inaugural title.

To reach this stage, Ulinzi beat Sony Sugar 3-2 on aggregate while Gor Mahia hammered Tusker FC 4-0. The winner of the tie collects Sh 1 million.