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Daily Nation : February 5th 2014
66 | Sport ness ry hopes of the nation DAILY NATION Wednesday February 5, 2014 OPINION | Cellestine Olilo Hooligans will surely strike again I n what was meant to be the league’s curtain raiser, the Kenyan football fraternity was at the weekend treated to yet another circus of violence, wanton destruction of property and social anarchy - executed with impunity during the Kenya Power Charity Cup. No sooner had fans and dis- tinguished guests settled down than the dreaded gang of stone throwing hoodlums turned Nyayo National Stadium into a fierce battle ground. Running battles that began shortly after AFC Leopards were knocked out of the competition by Mathare United intensified after Gor Mahia fell behind to Sofapaka in the second match to the delight of spiteful Ingwe fans who were still inside the stadium. At one point, marooned SuperSport TV crew were forced to cower for safety as missiles flew in all directions while gasping for air under clouds of tear gas. It took for- ever for some semblance of sanity to be restored. MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION Tusker’s Brian Osumba (left) battles for the ball with Dan Sserunkuma of Gor Mahia in a past match. Gor will represent Kenya in the Caf Champions League. K’Ogalo, Ingwe will this weekend begin battle for African glory BY ISAAC SWILA @IsaacSwila email@example.com K enya’s representatives in continental football, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, will this weekend start their respective campaigns with crucial home fixtures. Gor Mahia will set the ball rolling with a match against Gabonese side US Britam on Saturday at Nyayo National Stadium in the first leg of the preliminary round of the African Champions League. On Sunday AFC Leopards will host Ethiopia’s FC Defence at the same venue. The Gabonese team is ex- pected to jet in this evening at 8:45 pm on a Rwanda Air flight ahead of Saturday’s match. Visiting team Speaking to Daily Nation Sport, club chairman Ambrose Rachier said they are expecting a contingent of 35 players and officials from the visiting team which will later check in at Hill Park Hotel in Upper hill. “We have made advance booking for them at the Upper hill hotel. All other logistics are in place but we will announce by tomorrow (today) morning ticketing information,” Rachier said. Club organising secretary David Kiilo assured the visit- ing team that they will be well taken care of. In recent years, Kenyan clubs have fared poorly in continental competitions. The last time Ingwe participated the Caf Confederations was in 2010 when they were bundled out by Banks of Ethiopia on a 4-3 aggregate loss. Gor Mahia, on the other hand, have been more regular campaigners, albeit with no success to show for it. B y the time, the Su- perSport crew had seen enough and cut off live transmission pronto. It’s ironical that although Gor and Leopards didn’t clash on the field of play, their fans were the source of trouble on the terraces. The fact that the two set of fans found their way past each other’s territory was, in fact, a violation of stadium security guidelines that enforce segregation of fans during such ‘big matches’. Article 61 (1) of the world football governing body rules governing stadium security states: “The relevant authorities have the right to impose a stadium ban or other sanctions and take necessary legal action against any identified person(s) whose behaviour either inside the stadium or outside the stadium affects or poses a threat to the safety and security of the event or to other people.” Three days later, perpetrators have neither been identified nor apprehended. But more disturbing is We have made advance booking for them (US Britam) at Hill Park Hotel” Ambrose Rachier the studious silence that the local football authorities have maintained. A bad precedence has been set for the new season which kicks off in less than two weeks’ time. A recurrence of the same during the season is almost a certainty. What shame!
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