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Tight security for Machakos KPL ties

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MUGALIA-GITHARENAIROBI, Kenya, February 21- Special arrangements for fan safety and security for two Kenyan Premier League matches in Machakos on Sunday have been confirmed by the Government of Machakos County and host clubs.

No tickets will be sold at Machakos Stadium with fans buying them on match day from 8:00am on the road to Machakos just after the turnoff from Mombasa highway and in the town near the old Naivas Supermarket.

“No tickets will be sold in Nairobi, so fans should not purchase any in the city because the original tickets all have security features to avoid forgeries. Anyone found selling or even carrying forged tickets will be arrested.

“VIP tickets will retail at Sh500 while the terraces tickets will be Sh200. A total of 12,000 tickets are available for sale: 10,000 for the terraces and 2,000 for the VIP,” organisers added.

Security will be tight both in and outside the stadium and also at the Machakos/Mombasa Road turnoff with fans from Nairobi will not be allowed to proceed to Machakos town without a genuine ticket.

“As the drive from Nairobi to Machakos takes around one hour, fans from Nairobi should plan to depart from the city at least 2-3 hours before the scheduled kick off time,” they added.

A large number of regular and Administration Police officers as well as trained guard dog units have been assigned to ensure the safety and security.

Plain clothes police officers will also be strategically placed among the fans in different parts of the stadium.

“The police will ensure no one enters the stadium with any prohibited substances, weapons or potential weapons, canisters containing tear gas or other harmful chemicals, alcoholic drinks and any objects that could become dangerous projectiles (e.g. drinks in cans or bottles, fireworks, etc)

“In addition, the stadium is fully fitted with CCTV cameras which will be used to identify arrest and prosecute anyone who is unwise enough to attempt to cause any disturbances before, during or after the matches.

“For those few who might be tempted to do so, they should note that the GK Prison in Machakos is conveniently located only a few metres from the stadium.”

The refurbished Machakos Stadium will host the first pair of KPL matches with Governor Alfred Mutua in attendance.

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