FKF Shield Cup: Kogalo storms to round 32 amidst financial constraints

Gor Mahia in action

FKF Shield Cup revised fixture for the 64 rounds was played between Saturday and Sunday. The revised fixture saw league Champions Gor Mahia proceed to the next round of the competition. The team comfortably eliminated the little-known Congo Boys from Mombasa yesterday. For the champions, goals from Titto Okello, John Macharia and a final strike from Clifton Miheso was more than enough to wrap up their luxurious week.

Kogalo is now set to play CUSCO in the round 32 of the FKF Shield Cup to be played between 1st and 2nd of June. 

As Gor Mahia was busy finishing the coastal babies, their financial woes were alive as never before at their backs. To honour the match, the team had to turn to further assistance. This time around, not from the club coffers but rather from a Samaritan.

After playing Sofapaka in the midweek fixture, the club had got themselves stuck in the coastal town of Taita Taveta. Unable to move, the team turned to flamboyant businessman Suleiman Shahbal for the match needed assistance. Indeed, in his good gesture, the Mombasa gubernatorial hopeful, willful accepted to host the champions.

Gor’s treasurer confirmed the kind gesture from the businessman by stating: “Many thanks Suleiman Shahbal for accepting to host our boys tonight [Saturday] ahead of tomorrow’s [ Sunday] game at very short notice, through the able efforts of Kevoh Wuod Adori, Gor Mahia coordinator Coast region.”

Despite having a title sponsor in place, Gor Mahia has struggled this season. The situation at the club has been the worst more so in honouring continental assignments. In many circumstances that can’t be forgotten, the team have had to turn either to the federation, government or businessmen/politicians for assistance. It boggles the mind therefore the kind of sponsorship the club has with Bet Safe.

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FKF Shield Cup success

Despite the bragging rights of winning the league back-to-back, Kogalo has very little to show at domestic competitions. It’s not surprising therefore in the many seasons to have Gor Mahia bundled out of FKF Shield Cup.

Having booked a date with the Division Two side CUSCO FC between the 1st and 2nd of June, the team has a lot to do. Successful elimination of the stubborn CUSCO side will book Kogalo for the round of 16 matches. The round of 16 matches is set to be held between the 5th and 6th of the same month. Just a few days from the round of 32 fixtures.

With the premier league glory mathematically out of their sight, the team must fight tooth to nail for the domestic tournament. Success at the FKF Shield Cup will grant the club a continental appearance. At the league, however, all is not done and dusted for the Green Army. Winning three matches in a row within one week is not a matter that can be taken lightly.

It shows nothing but total resilience and determination in proving worth and substance. With the determination amidst the financial constraints in place, it will be so joyful to have Kogalo win both the league for a fifth time in a row as well as winning the domestic cup.

Gor Mahia last won the domestic Cup back in 2012 when they defeated SC Sofapaka for the defunct KPL Top 8 Cup. Since the 2012 post-match penalties victory, the team has found it hard to reach a single domestic cup since then.

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