NAIROBI, June 29 – AFC Leopards will appeal the decision to allow their match against Thika United to be held at Thika Sub County Stadium that was previously declared unfit to host top flight matches.
Leopards who lost the ill-tempered game that ended in violent clashes between police and their fans 1-0, will petition Kenyan Premier League over the suitability of the venue and annulment of the result.
Club assistant Secretary General, Prof. Asava Kadima who condemned the violence revealed to Capital Sport they are yet to receive official communication from KPL’s technical, safety and security committee on the fate of the venue.
“The club strongly condemns the violent actions by a section of supporter’s in our match against Thika United which caused the match to be halted temporarily. We say NO to hooliganism.
“I’m writing a protest letter to KPL because they allowed Thika to host the match despite the venue not been cleared by the technical, safety and security committee but on the officiating I have no comment,” Kadima said.
“The level of provocation from the Thika United technical bench was a major concern especially from the goal keeper trainer, Joseph Ruto. I appeal to our fans to maintain decorum because we are not going to allow this to happen again,” the don added.
KPL head of technical, safety and security GMT Ottieno declined to respond on the matter, saying, “This is not the first time they (AFC Leopards) were playing in Thika so I don’t understand why they complaining, let them write the protest letter. I cannot comment on the game because I have to watch what happened.”
KPL CEO Jack Oguda told Capital Sport they are yet to receive the match report from the officials but vowed the Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee will take action for those found guilty.
Trouble started on the 40th minute when Thika United took the lead through Ray Omondi, but Leopards felt he was off side to see them protest by throwing objects onto the pitch causing temporary halting of the game before resuming after police calmed the situation.
Chaos erupted once again in the 81st when fans invaded the pitch to attack match officials forcing Police to lob teargas to dismiss the rowdy fans before play resuming with Thika holding on to the win that left Leopards sixth on 25 points.