Gor Mahia team manager Jolawi Obondo has unreservedly apologised to the Cecefa secretariat, fans, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and the club’s office for the unfortunate incidents in the recently concluded Kagame Cup where Gor were banned for two years.
Gor Mahia players blatantly skipped the medal ceremony while protesting the decision by Cecafa to wire the Sh1 million cash prize to the office contrary to their wish to have the money in cash.He also apologised after the club declined to use the hotel reserved for them as well as turning down the changing room allocated to them prior to their semi final duel against Azam.
“We offer our apology to Cecafa for the regrettable acts and to our friend Nicholas Musonye for the wanting demeanour. We are apologetic to the federation and Kenya at large for the poor representation. We are sorry to our fans and the Gor office for the revolt. The players are remorseful and have promised to put behind their frustrations and resolve their issues amicably.”
However he sought to explain why the playing unit absconded the medal ceremony which in turn attracted a two year-ban besides forfeiting the Sh 1 million prize.
Obondo said the players were willing to pick their bronze medals after finishing third but the decision by Cecafa to inform the players that the payment terms had shifted from cash to bank system generated a go slow and the players unanimously agreed to give the ceremony a wide berth. He further explained the dressing room debacle which he said the team turned down on the doctor’s advise, contrary to the black magic claims reported earlier. K’Ogallo refused to use the dressing room prior to the Azam match which they lost 2-0.
“The room was filthy and the smell was really bad. Our team doctor advised us to use an alternative changing room since the health of the players was at risk. We consulted Cecafa who also agreed the room was not fit for us and checked us in a veranda where we changed and proceeded to the pitch.We are a God fearing club and we do not believe in acts of witchcraft as reported. We were also reliably informed the Simba had also turned the room down as it was laced with chemicals used in morgues.”