NAIROBI, August 13- Gor Mahia have apologised for hooliganism acts blamed on their supporters that left three injured and two vehicles torched as mayhem took over Nairobi’s Central Business District on Wednesday night.
At the same time, police will use CCTV footage to identify and arrest those involved.
Nairobi County Police Commander, Benson Kibue, told Capital Sport on Thursday morning they were studying the footage with an aim to bring those behind the mayhem to book.
Jubilant Green Army fans poured into the centre of the capital from City Stadium in song and dance after their team beat Ushuru FC 2-0 in a SportPesa Premier League tie to inch closer to a successful title fence.
However, chaos broke as an altercation between the supporters, hawkers and Nairobi City Council officers turned Nairobi’s Tom Mboya Street into a melting pot of violence that left let to carnage as the dark side of hooliganism associated with the back-to-back domestic champions reared its ugly head.
“Gor Mahia strongly condemns the unfortunate and unacceptable acts of hooliganism witnessed this evening. Gor Mahia FC fully supports the rule of law and in no way condones such behaviour.
“These acts of Vandalism and lawlessness are a far cry from what Gor Mahia FC stands for. Those that engaged in these heinous acts of hooliganism must face the full arm of the law.
“These despicable acts of a minority should never prevail over the values of the majority. We are #GMFCagainstHooliganism,” the club who are eight clear at the top of the SPL table on 52 points with two games in hand over their rivals posted on their verified Twitter account.
“All of us with Gor Mahia FC continue to extend our heartfelt concerns to our three fans, who were knocked down after Wednesday night’s game. The well-being of all of them and their loved ones are forefront in our hearts and minds,” K’Ogalo added.
The champions also assured Nairobi Governor, Evans Kidero, they had nothing against his enforcement officers following the violence that saw a county van torched as well as another vehicle said to belong to police although it had civilian registration.
Fans streamed from the stadium and went all the way up to the City Market areas before turning to Kimathi Street and eventually to Tom Mboya with the statue of the fallen former Cabinet Minister revered by the Green Army the final destination.
Along the way, litter bins were overturned vehicles forced to stop in the traffic jam as confrontations broke out before the fighting broke out when they came across hawkers fleeing Council Askaris and this is where one of them is alleged to have been ran over by their van sparking riots.
However, as the club tried to distance itself from the acts that saw the team roundly condemned on social media among Nairobians caught in the crossfire during rush hour, some continued to soil the team’s image by promising ‘revenge’ against the County officers in their next match.
“Wish them quick recovery…. But on Sunday the revenge mission continues so let the council askaris prepare for the battle of their lives. U cannot rattle a snake and expect not to be bitten by it… Yawaa,” Richard Juma posted in reply to Gor’s post wishing their supporters quick recovery.
Others disagreed with the violent twist in the same forum, “So what realy (really) made them to burn those two vehicles instead of taking action for drivers of those two vehicles. That was so bad of Kogalo fans,” Bilclinton Olouch wrote.