Fan trouble mars KPL opener


NAIROBI, Kenya, February 26- The Kenya Premier League (KPL) match between Rangers FC and Gor Mahia was abandoned after fans invaded the pitch late in the second half.

Police were forced to fire tear gas to disperse the trouble makers and to form a cordon around the players and match officials after the match was stopped in the 81st minute with Rangers leading 3-0.

 KPL chief executive said at a post match interview with SuperSport that action will be taken against the fans who caused the trouble.

“It’s quite unfortunate. We thought this era of match officials causing trouble and causing matches not to proceed had passed. We have to sit down as a league and take disciplinary action on the club,” said Oguda.

“It’s quite a pity. A club should lose honourably instead of causing trouble,” he added.

Oguda added the match was called off because the security of both the players and the officials was of paramount importance.

“Initially we had thought that fan security was important but going today’s events we secured the players and officials because the fans were the one’s who started the chaos,” said Oguda.

Trouble fans soon after Rangers got their third goal through Kevin Ochieng who capped a dream start for a side that endured a forgettable pre season after the withdrawal of their principal sponsor and unrest on their technical bench.

Pascal Ochieng scored first with a well taken header from a corner to put his team ahead midway through the first half.

Former Mathare United midfielder Joseph Nyaga doubled Rangers lead with a well taken strike soon after.

In other results, Bandari’s return to the big time ended in a 2-1 loss to Chemelil Sugar, Karuturi Sports beat Sony Sugar 1-0, Western Stima beat Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) 1-0 and Sony Sugar drew 1-1 with Congo United.


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