Players are broke but determined, Gor’s Jolawi warns Leopards

Gor Mahia players have not been paid their salaries for four months now, but Team Manager Jolawi Obondo says that will not be reflected in their Sunday’s clash against eternal rivals AFC Leopards. The long-serving TM has underscored players and the technical bench are committed to completing a season double over the rejuvenated Ingwe, completely avoiding payment issues ahead of the derby christened Mashemeji. Obondo says, if not for anything else, his players are dedicated for the respect of the K’Ogalo shirts. “Salary issues at Gor are not a new subject now. Players have not been paid for four months but we thank them for demonstrating their love for the club. They are focused on the derby are aware the office is working on something,’’ said Obondo. Gor players, like several other clubs, have endured a difficult period since last year when their main sponsor SportPesa halted their operations in Kenya and consequently withdrew their partnership. However, according to Obondo, the Gor family has found a way of coping with the situation. Meanwhile, Kenyan international Clifton Miheso’s inclusion in Gor line-up for Sunday’s derby will be subject to a late fitness test, Obondo has revealed. “ Miheso picked a knock during our KPL match against Western Stima last Saturday at Kasarani. He joined us yesterday in training but we can’t risk him if he doesn’t pass the fitness test. He is one of our finest and missing him will be a big blow,’’ told the TM. A win on Sunday will mean four years of unbeaten run in the derby, the last loss to Leopards having come on March 10, 2016. The recent dominance by Gor could however be a source of pressure as the fans ‘’have been used to one sided results,’’ according to Obondo. Gor won the reverse fixture 4-1 on November 10, 2019, with a section of Leopards fans reacting angrily by vandalising seats at the Kasarani Stadium. Gor has won 29 times out of the last 87 meetings while their hosts have won 27 times. Spoils have been shared in 31 meetings.

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