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Fortnight wait for Ingwe, Thika ruling


JACK-OGUDANAIROBI, Kenya, May 12 – The fate of the abandoned AFC Leopards vs Thika United match will be decided in a fortnight, Kenyan Premier League (KPL) announced Monday.

The match was called off Sunday when Leopards fans invaded Nyayo National Stadium pitch seven minutes to full time as Thika were leading 1-0 courtesy of captain Dennis Odhiambo’s free-kick.

In a statement signed by Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda said KPL are waiting for the official reports from Match Commissioner and referee Nasur Doka before taking action.

“KPL wishes to categorically condemn the acts of crowd trouble witnessed in Match No.91 between Thika United FC and AFC Leopards SC.

“As the body mandated to run this prestigious league, KPL is saddened by these acts which have tainted the hitherto trouble free record of the 2014 season which we have worked so hard for,” part of the statement read.

“The KPL Governing Council put in place the “Zero tolerance policy on hooliganism” in our events and specific recommendations thereof, to address these vices from the beginning of this season.

“KPL will consider the necessary facts and forward to the league’s judicial body Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee for determination.

“We assure all our fans and corporate stakeholders that a decisive and far reaching step will be taken to redress the indecent acts of this past weekend and ensure that in partnership with Football Kenya Federation strive to eradicate the vice in totality,” the statement concluded.

Ingwe are struggling in 12th with 14 points while Thika are two places and a point above last season’s runners-up.