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FC Fassell’s Fate Hangs in a Balance

first_imgNewly 1st division club and tournament favorite FC Fassell could be among the casualties as the preliminary rounds of Coca-Cola Big Eight (8) Tournament concludes today.A 2-2 draw against Aries FC on Monday at the Blue Field in the ongoing pre-season tourney has placed a question mark over FC Fassell’s future in the Group B stage.Coach Matthew Julutweh’s men is expected today to host Darling Club, IE in the opening derby, knowing that a draw – let alone a defeat – is no longer an option against Papa Kamara’s men.IE is expected to look for at least a draw to crossover to the semi finals, while FC Fassell want a victory and at least 3-0 to march on.In the second match, group leader NPA Anchor is also looking for a draw against Aries FC but mostly a win to maintain on top.Aries FC, who also has one point desperately, needs a win with more goals to overcome runner-up IE (if IE draw).However, with FC Fassell battling not to bow out of the Coca-Cola Tourney; LISCR, Nimba and Barrolle are fighting to grab the second place.Group B leader BYC is clearly in the semi finals with 9 points having narrowly whipped LISCR FC 1-0 yesterday.The Gardnersville based team – LISCR FC still sits on the table with 2 points and hoping for a nil draw to qualify.   But a win for either side, Barrolle or Nimba United joins BYC to represent Group A in the Semi finals.Meanwhile, the technical staff of FC Fassell headed by Coach Matthew Saygba Julutweh is expected to be sacked having drawn with Aries FC 2-2 on Monday.The 34-year-old was warned of losing his job along with his deputy, physical and goalkeeper trainer and team manager if he failed to win the highly contested tournament over a dishonorable 4-0 defeat by NPA ‘Ruthless’ Anchors on Saturday.In a letter dated May 2, FC Fassell President Reginald K. Nagbe said their performance against NPA was very discouraging and humiliating despite early preparation and the entire technical staff would be sacked if they don’t win the remaining two games.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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We are not in crisis, Rachier says as Gor eye title

first_img“I think those are very minor issues that are only meant to distract the team. We are at a very crucial stage in terms of the season and at this point, anyone would say anything just to take the focus off the team and the fight for the title,” Rachier told Capital Sport on Friday.“Yes we pay players training allowances but we have an agreement with them that this will be done always at the end of the month. So these noises that are there, I don’t understand them. Last weekend we won 4-0, yesterday we won 3-0 so there is absolutely no crisis at the club,” Racheir added.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr shares words with striker Meddie Kagere during a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 7, 2017.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUThe same sentiments were shared by head coach Dylan Kerr who insisted that the club is bigger than anyone and the players will always put in a performance especially for the fans.“I respect the players’ decision when they want what is owed to them because they deserve it. But at the same time, I told them no one is bigger than the club. The amazing fans own this club and we need above all to give them something,” the coach said.“I understand that my chairman and the management are working hard to resolve the same issues so there should be no cause for worry,” Kerr assured.Skipper Musa Mohammed says the players are focused on raking in results and keeping their place on top of the log with all eyes cast on reclaiming the league title from Tusker FC.“There has been an issue yes but that is something that the management has promised to work on. For us, we remain focused to go to the field, play and get good results. We will not be distracted and the good thing is that we have players who are hungry to perform,” the defender said.Gor Mahia midfielder Oliver Maloba controls the ball under pressure from teammate Innocent Wafula during a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 7, 2017.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUThe players were given a day off on Friday having arrived from Kisumu late Thursday night and are scheduled to train at the Parklands Sports Club on Saturday morning.K’Ogalo are on a seven match unbeaten streak and their 3-0 victory over Chemelil Sugar on Thursday took them nine points clear of second placed Sofapaka. A win against Thika United on Sunday will see them maintain their hold on top spot.Kerr has insisted the players will take the game with 100 percent seriousness despite facing a team fighting relegation.“I give maximum respect to every team because everyone usually comes to beat Gor Mahia. Our target still remains the same and I expect a very tough match because Thika is always a difficult place to go. Hopefully we can keep on winning,” the coach added.A hard fighting Thika held Gor to a 1-1 draw in the first leg, and head coach Nicholas Muyoti expects the team to better their return when they welcome the record 15-time champions at their home turf.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000or Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier during the launch of the Lottery to Fund Club Programmes.PHOTO/courtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 15- Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has reiterated that the club is not in crisis despite reports that players boycotted training prior to their game against Chemelil over unpaid allowances.Rachier has instead said those are simple detractors that are meant to tip them off balance as they muscle towards their record 16th Kenyan Premier League title.last_img read more