, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 27 – The County Government of Machakos has banned Gor Mahia FC from using its Kenyatta Stadium after a section of the team’s fans got rowdy in their Kenyan Premier League 3-2 loss to hosts Sofapaka Sunday.
The county further invoiced the club an estimated Sh10m as compensation of destroyed government and private property after the match that was stopped in the last 10 minutes of the game after an alleged Gor steward invaded the pitch to attack Sofapaka keeper David Okello.
A statement released Monday by Governor Alfred Mutua said police were studying CCTV footage to identify individuals who caused the mayhem in the town before taking legal action against those found culpable.
“So as to ensure no one is injured or killed after a Gor Mahia or any other football match in Machakos, the County Government of Machakos has banned Gor Mahia Football team from playing in Machakos County Stadium until further notice.”
“In addition, the County is invoicing Gor for an estimated Sh10m as compensation for destroyed County Government and private property,” the statement declared.
Gor Secretary General Chris Omondi told Capital FM Sport they are yet to receive any letter from the County Government of Machakos but called on fans not to put the players under pressure as the league heads to its penultimate round.
“I’m yet to receive any communication from the County Government of Machakos. We will know what to do when we receive an official letter. Let’s not have unnecessary distractions as the league nears to its end, we lost fairly and it’s a wakeup call to all the stakeholders,” Omondi said.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has threatened to take necessary disciplinary action against Gor after the National Executive Committee meets Tuesday.
“The federation is getting concerned with the trend which is a manifestation that hooliganism is creeping back to our game. FKF will not tolerate this negative image on our game after painstaking efforts to stem out the vice.”
“Such intolerance as was witnessed in Machakos is unacceptable and have serious consequences and repercussions. FKF will not shy away from meeting out harsh disciplinary measures against those involved in the hooliganism,” FKF declared.
Cases of hooliganism has risen as the Kenyan Premier League enters the homestretch with Gor’s case coming a week after FKF ordered AFC Leopards to play behind closed doors after a section of their fans causes violence in their GOtv Shield semi-final against Sofapaka and slapped them with a Sh500,000 fine.