On Saturday evening, Kenyan champions Gor Mahia crashed out of the CAF Champions League after failing to protect their two-goal lead.
Lobi Stars of Nigeria scored two goals at home and a goal in Nairobi which meant Gor Mahia was eliminated based on the away goals rule as the game ended 3-3.
Kenyans couldn’t help but wonder how K’Ogalo lost their two-goal lead despite a very positive start at Kasarani during the first leg of the match where they scored three past the Nigerians.
Immediately the full-time whistle was blown, disappointed fans went online to vent their frustration with some suggesting that the game might have been fixed by betting giants SportPesa.
Kenyan blogger Robert Alai boldly accused the betting firm of fixing the game between Lobi Stars and Gor Mahia and a lot of Kenyans seemed to share the same sentiments, if the comments are anything to go by.
Alai claimed that Gor players received bribes and intentionally played a sluggish second half where Lobi scored twice in the last minutes of the game.
Sportpesa fixed the Gor Mahia match with players. Bribed players. That’s what gambling does to sports.
— Robert ALAI, HSC (@RobertAlai) December 22, 2018
Very true…..Christmas season and even players need quick cash for slaying around
— JackMutai (@JackMutai6) December 22, 2018
I agree with robert
— josphat mbondo (@JosphatMbondo) December 23, 2018
Very sad indeed.
— jane nganga (@janenganga1) December 23, 2018
This isn’t a far-fetched claim. Corruption & doping have permeated sports. Betting further complicated it. Outcome of this match worth investigating. Of course sports journalists won’t utter a word
— Douglas Okwatch (@okwatch_douglas) December 23, 2018
Some felt that Alai’s claims were baseless and went on to give their opinion on the same.
How can a team with high odds be paid to lose the game to a team with low odds…Your allegation doesn’t add up janyando
— David Onyango (@DavidOn08397448) December 22, 2018
Your knowledge of football and betting is limited to keyboard rants. In football, everybody expects a team with the lower odds to win. So anybody fixing a match would want the team with higher odds to win so that many people can lose. Gor had higher odds in this case.
— Eng. Patrick Nyakoi (@PapaNzuki) December 23, 2018
Nothing like match fixing…Champions League ina wenyewe
— Victor K (@Vic_Kefa) December 23, 2018
Why categorically state sportpesa as the perpetrators while there are other several other betting companies, This is a case of someone who lost their bet and is blaming sportpesa
— Arnold Felix (@Arnoldblake11) December 23, 2018
Narrow mindedness is what will finish you, where is the evidence of payment .ziba pua utapata hewa safi ya kuchapisha akili straight
— Rollins (@Collins47956090) December 23, 2018
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