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Gor fans injured in Nakuru attack

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NAIROBI, Kenya, July 16- At least three Gor Mahia fans were injured when they were allegedly attacked in Nakuru after seeing their side beat Chemelil 1-0 on Sunday evening.

Club secretary, George Bwana confirmed the incident where the fans were waylaid on the Nakuru-Nairobi highway although two versions of the sequence of events that led to head and facial injuries to the victims surfaced.

One report claims the convoy stopped to remove a motor bike that had been abandoned on the road and when the ‘owners’ appeared leading to an altercation. The armed youth began pelting stones smashing the windows of their buses resulting in the injuries.

It’s also alleged that the confrontation emanated from a passerby who snatched a ‘vuvuzela’ from one of the fans. When the procession stopped to get it back, hell broke loose as the two sides engaged each other along the highway.

“The fans were part of the convoy back into the city when they were attacked by these unruly goons from Free Area in Nakuru leading to the injuries from the stone throwing.

“We reported the incident to the authorities after we had taken them to the nearby St. Mary’s hospital and had to get Police escort for the rest of the journey,” explained Bwana.

He called upon their fans to be vigilant and uphold peace in the wake of the second attack involving their travelling supporters following a similar incident in which the ‘Green Army’ was assailed in Luanda following a game against Western Stima.

“If push comes to shove, we might as well be forced to engage the Police as part of our convoy when we travel, but for now we will do with our own security arrangements,” he added confirming that the injured were treated and discharged.

In August last year two K’Ogalo fans were injured while on their trip to for the clash against Stima.

It all began when a fan argued with a local motorcycle rider over a phone he had dropped at Luanda town from inside one of the buses which the latter declined to give back.

A scuffle ensued between the group and the residents turned into a violent stone throwing contest.

The two were treated and discharged while one of the buses ferrying the supporters had its windows shattered in the skirmish.

Ironically, the weekend tie was shifted from the Chemelil Sports Complex to the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru due to security concerns.

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