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Gor Mahia apologizes to Cecafa and FKF for medal snub

18:43 EAT 17/07/2018
Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr and Jolawi Abondo.
The Kenyan champions finished third behind winners Azam and Simba SC but failed to show up at the podium
Gor Mahia have apologized to Cecafa for skipping the medal presentation during the just concluded Cecafa Kagame Cup.

K’Ogalo were slapped with a two-year ban from the regional games by Cecafa after their players failed to pick their third-place medals.

Gor Mahia finished third behind winners Azam and Simba SC but failed to show up at the podium.

The playing unit were on a go-slow protesting delayed salaries. The agitated players also wanted the organizers to hand them the Sh1million, which they eventually forfeited.

But Team Manager Jolawi Abondo has rubbished reports that the players refused to show up intentionally. “It is not true that we had planned not to show up for the medal ceremony. In fact, I would call it a moment of confusion by some dark spirit,” said Abondo.

Abondo blamed the team’s action on an unnamed ‘Cecafa official’, who delivered the news to Gor Mahia players that the money would be wired directly to their accounts.

“We had already lined up for the medal ceremony, but a Cecafa official went and told the players that the money will be paid directly to their accounts back in Nairobi. I would blame whatever happened to some satanic powers.”

“On behalf of Gor Mahia technical bench and the playing unit, I like to apologize to Cecafa. This action was not in any way to demean the standards of the games.

"I would also like to say sorry to FKF because we were representing the country and the club management and fans."

Gor Mahia will face Yanga of Tanzania in Caf Confederation Cup on Wednesday.