9 August 2018

Kenya: Drama as Gor Mahia Coaches Get Physical in Public

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Gor Mahia goalkeeping coach Willis Ochieng (left) and the club's head coach Dylan Kerr (file photo).

Gor Mahia have publicly apologized following an embarrassing incident in which members of the first team's technical bench physically confronted each other moments after the loss to Bandari in a Kenyan Premier League match earlier this week.

The Kenyan champions lost 2-1 to the Dockers at the Mbaraki Sports Club in Mombasa on Tuesday. And thereafter, frustration blew up as tempers flared.

Coach Dylan Kerr, who had privately expressed his reservations with the performances of goalkeepers Boniface Oluoch and Shaban Odhoji in recent times, confronted goalkeeper training Willis Ochieng in a situation that later turned physical.

This altercation reportedly continued into the team bus with team manager Jolawi Obondo repeatedly failing to calm down the two.

It is also reported that Kerr and Ochieng exchanged not so pleasant words.

Speaking to the club's official website, chief executive Lordvick Aduda also termed this incident as 'unfortunate' but assured fans that he had brought order.

APOLOGIES

"We held a meeting today and the technical bench staff - head coach Dylan Kerr, Assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno and Team Manager Jolwai Obondo and goalkeeper trainer Willis Ochieng to discuss and find a lasting solution to the unfortunate incident in Mombasa yesterday (Tuesday), said Aduda.

"There was a misunderstanding between some members of the technical staff which led to what happened at Mbaraki. All parties involved have apologized to each other, to the team, to the club's management, to all stakeholders and to Gor Mahia fan base at large," he added.

The meeting, according to the website, was chaired by technical committee chairman John Pesa.

This was the first time in this calendar year K'Ogalo was losing a competitive football match on Kenyan soil, an outcome that also extinguished the club's chances of going through the entire season without losing a league match as it happened under Frank Nuttal in 2015.

Besides, Gor are now winless in their last two league matches against Bandari and Nakumatt. The team also has a grueling assignments in August with a league match against AFC Leopards and continental assignments against Algeria's USM Alger and Rwanda's Rayon Sport lined up in the Caf Confederation Cup.

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