Shabana edge Migori Youth in chaotic match to return to FKF-PL after 17 years

Shabana players celebrate after earning promotion.[Sammy Omingo,Standard]

Isaac 'Otile' Otieno's solitary goal was enough to propel Shabana Football Club back to the FKF Premier League as they defeated Migori Youth 1-0 in a chaotic National Super League (NSL) match at Gusii Stadium on Sunday

Otile's score against their opponents came at the fifth minute in a full packed Gusii Stadium.

Security officers whisk away a referee after Shabana FC verses Migori Youth Game at Gusii Stadium on 18/6/2023. Shabana won 1-0 during the match that almost turned chaotic.[Sammy Omingo,Standard]

Chaotic scenes however marred the game which was delayed for nearly 30 minutes as fans from both teams exchanged bitter words forcing deployment of more than 50 police officers to the stadium.

During the 45 minutes, a number of Shabana FC fans were attacked and rushed to one of the Private hospitals in Kisii town.

Police Officers shield center referee during Shabana verse Migori Youth NSL match at Gusii Stadium.[Sammy Omingo,Standard]

The game was suspended for a couple of minutes after one of the Migori Youth FC player Mark Ochieng was shown a red card minutes into the second half.

Ochieng walked behind the referee and slapped her forcing a contingent of police officers to get into the football pitch. He then again turned on the referee and picked the red card tearing it into pieces.

Shabana won Sunday's game to get to 64 points with four games to go. The team has a game at hand.

Shabana FC will play their four last matches against Darajani Gogo, MCF, Muranga Seal and Kisumu All Stars.

Shabana players celebrate with their fans after earning promotion.[Sammy Omingo,Standard]

National Assembly Majority Chief Whip Slyvanous Osoro who attended the match said he will support the team.

"We have had a long wait. The win today was timely. I will rally together all our leaders to ensure that we have a formidable team to play against top Premier League teams."

Muranga will play their last three matches against; Kibera Black Stars, Shabana FC and Gusii FC.

Fourth placed Mara Sugar and third placed Migori Youth are tied with 53 points and three matches to go.

They will continue to fight for the last promotion slot where the third placed team will play in a playoff match against a 16th ranked team from the FKF-PL.

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