NAIROBI, Kenya, October 30 – Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards fans are at liberty to attend this weekend’s Kenyan Premier League matches after Football Kenya Federation (FKF) lifted the stadium ban imposed on the arch rivals.
FKF delivered the verdict after the National Executive Committee held a meeting Thursday, reversing its earlier ruling on ordering the two clubs to play behind closed doors until appeals lodged by both sides are heard and determined.
“Until the appeals are heard and dispensed with, the decision to ban fans from attending the matches shall not be enforced and therefore supporters are allowed to attend the respective matches against Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka FC.
“However, the clubs are reminded of their obligation to ensure their supporters conduct does not undermine the integrity of football and any contravention of this spirit bears grave consequences. Further, we remind the home teams of their duty to provide board security and take no chances with the safety before, during and after the matches in question,” FKF announced.
The order means the Green Army are free to descend to ‘dala’ (home) on Saturday when their side takes on Muhoroni Youth hoping to place one hand on the title with the Ingwe faithful pitching camp in Mumias to rally their side against Sofapaka who are only a point shy of archrivals K’Ogalo at the summit of the league.
The punishment befell the two titans after a section of their fans caused chaos against Sofapaka when Ingwe were playing their GOtv Shield semi-final while league leaders K’Ogalo were battling it out in the top of the table clash in Machakos County.