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FKL to rule on abandoned Ingwe, K’Ogalo clash

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NAIROBI, Kenya, October 21- A meeting of the Football Kenya Limited (FKL) disciplinary committee will be convened to discuss the fate of the abandoned Cup match pitting bitter rivals Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards.

The third Kenya derby of the season on Thursday evening was called off ten minutes to full-time with K’Ogalo leading through a Moses Odhiambo 55th minute header after both sets of fans set upon each other with crude missiles.

Hussein Swaleh, the FKL chairman of Technical Committee told Capital Sport, “We have agreed to have a meeting soon to decide whom to award the match. However, we are yet to agree on the day but it has to be next week ahead of the final.”

The final is slated for October 26 with FKL Cup titleholders Sofapaka awaiting the team that will be given the nod to contest the final after they navigated through their semis with a cagey 2-1 victory over Thika United.

Nyayo National Stadium was converted into a battle zone after Ingwe and Gor fans fought pitch battles on the stands with each set of supporters accusing their rivals of sparking the latest in a long line of confrontations that date back decades.

Centre referee, Davies Omwelo was compelled to call off the match when supporters pelted projectiles at his assistant, Gilbert Cheruiyot, a decision that led to running battles that took police firing tear gas canisters to quell.

Leopards demanded a replay citing their rivals had ignited the skirmishes but according to SuperSport.com, FKL director, Titus Kasuve, ruled out the request saying that they would study the match report before giving the verdict.

The two previous encounters between the pair dubbed the Kenya Derby in the Kenyan Premier League saw Gor win the first leg 3-1 before Leopards turned the tables in the second leg to run out 3-0 winners.

Ingwe are in KPL action on Sunday when they host Mathare United at the same venue on Sunday before Gor take on Chemelil Sugar in Karuturi the next day.

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