FKF now gives Gor Mahia seven days ultimatum
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has given Gor Mahia a one week deadline to provide a comprehensive report regarding the hooliganism of the club’s suspected fans during their final Premier League clash against Thika United in Nairobi last weekend.
Speaking at the Federation’s secretariat at the Nyayo Stadium after chairing a security meeting involving Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards,FKF Chairman Sam Nyamweya said the trend was worrying following last weekends skirmishes.
‘We had a long security meeting here with Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards officials since the two clubs are set to play this weekend ina FKF Cup semi final.We have demanded Gor Mahia to furnish us with a comprehensive report on security lapse on that day.We are not amused considering many motorists have complained and even reported the matter to the Police.” Said Nyamweya.
As a leader, he added,we don’t go with rumours and that is why we have instructed Gor Mahia to furnish us with a report within seven days. May be Gor Mahia have evidence on those who caused mayhem were not their fans. Those days of making roadside decision do not exist and that is why we can’t rush by taking disciplinary measures on Gor as a club”
In a bid to bring harmony ahead of Saturday’s match, Nyamweya has convened a meeting on Thursday at 2.30pm at Kasarani where Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards officials, fans and technical bench will meet to brainstorm on matters touching on security.
He said the federation was not treating the weekend skirmishes lightly but was quick to add that it won’t rush into conclusions until thorough investigations are done.
“The federation cannot pin-point those who were behind the lawlessness and that is the reason why we have instructed Gor to put us into the picture as to what actually happened. FKF want zero tolerance to wayward acts by fans and that’s why we want the report in a week’s time to take the necessary action” said Nyamweya.
He added that whatever action the federation will take on the offenders will act as deterrent to teams whose fans have a similar tendency.
City Stadium and the adjacent areas were virtually no go zones after the match between Gor and Thika United, which ended1-1 draw.
Gor’s official sponsor Tuzo has since expressed concern with fans going on the rampage, indiscriminately stoning motorists and harassing pedestrians. Following the ill behaviour of the fans, the sponsors have threatened to withdraw support for the club.
Pay television channel Supersport added it’s voice on the increasing hooliganism in the KPL and has likewise threatened not to broadcast live the matches which have a notoriety of attracting violent fans.