How “Moi” Plunged Stadium Into Darkness To Hand Harambee Stars A Win
Former Harambee Stars and Gor Mahia Captain Austin Oduor has given details of how the late Retired President Moi was frustrated when Harambee Stars was almost beaten by Malawi in 1987 during the All African Games hosted in Kenya.
Oduor exclusively told Ghetto Radio Sports that despite being one goal down, Malawi was outplaying Harambee Stars in all departments.
Oduor stated that before the game started, Moi had addressed them in the dressing room and told them that they had to win the game.
With Malawi leading 1-0 and pressing hard for another goal, the stadium was plunged into darkness following power failure, leaving the referee with no alternative but stop the match temporarily amid protests by the Malawians who claimed there was foul play to save the home team.
Many thought the same as the Games organizers immediately ordered the teams to meet again in a replay the same day where Kenya won via penalty shootout beating the unlucky Malawi 1-0 to stride into the final against Egypt on the penultimate day of the Games.
Oduor said that the late head of state loved sports and was motivator who attended most of their international assignments for the National team and Club.
“Moi was a very passionate sports fan who attended most of our matches in the National team and Club Gor Mahia wherever he had time, “he said.
Oduor who scored the winning penalty confirmed that that day was not good for the National team terming the blackout as a blessing in disguise.
“People speculated that the head of state was responsible for the blackout something that we have not confirmed but he sent his people to speak to us after the match a situation that motivated the team,” he added while laughing off the incident.
The stars went on to lose in the finals of the games, thanks to a controversial goal netted from a suspiciously offside position.
But the question still remains did the head of state really tamper with the lights as alleged by Malawi and many Kenyans back then?
Oduor has Eulogized President Moi, describing him as a man who loved sports and supported the team during his tenure as the President.