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Abass inducted into Kenyan football Hall of Fame

Former Harambee Stars goalkeeper and legend Mahmoud Abass has been inducted into the Kenya Football Hall of Fame by his former colleagues.

Abass, who turned out for AFC Leopards during his playing days, is the second player to be bestowed with the honour following in the steps of Joe Kadenge who was honoured last year.

Abass received a token of Sh 80,000 and a commemorative plague in recognition of his contribution to the sport.

“I am pleased and very humbled. I wish to thank my colleagues for this gesture. I urge the upcoming footballers to work twice as hard and be ready to die for this country on the football pitch,” Abass said.

The event was graced by several former Harambee Stars players including James Ojiambo, Josephat ‘Controller’ Murila, Peter Lichungu, Reginald Asibwa, Micheal Obonyo and US based Tim Kibuwe (who won the local league title with the defunct Utalii in 1997).

STRUCTURE OF KPL

During the function the former players urged the game’s administrators to resolve the current impasse regarding the structure of the Kenyan Premier League in an amicable manner.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and Kenyan Premier League (KPL) are currently embroiled in a tussle over the composition and structure of the top flight league.

While FKF is fronting for the expansion of the league to 18 teams from the present 16, KPL is favour of a status quo.

“The subjects of debate are healthy. I am personally vouching for an 18 team league,” former Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars captain Austin “Makamu” Oduor said. “But there sure has to be a way we can deliberate without attracting the unnecessary attention of the sponsors and supporters.”