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Daily Nation : February 22nd 2014
SATURDAY NATION February 22, 2014 Government to persecute hooligans TUSKER PREMIER LEAGUE Sport 39 TOP DOGS LOOK TO BITE | Leopards are at full strength against Ulinzi, Tusker tackle Stima Free-scoring Sofapaka face Sony as champs Gor Mahia meet Mathare Machakos’ Kenyatta Stadium all set to host double header involving the league heavyweights BY DAVID KWALIMWAOLILO @kwalimwadavid firstname.lastname@example.org The Government has requested for still photos of hooligans during recent past matches with a view of identifying and prosecuting them. This follows a meeting between the Cabinet Secretary of Sports, Arts and Culture Hassan Wario and top football officials on Wednesday to discuss ways of slaying the scourge of hooliganism in Kenyan football. “This would mark the first step in underscoring the seriousness in which hooliganism will be addressed,” a statement signed by Wario and representatives from Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards read in part. The Government is also con- templating making the stadia inaccessible to fans of both AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia, in its latest bid to stem the increased cases of crowd trouble and hooliganism. Wario has also recommended an urgent meeting involving the Inspector General of Police and senior police officers be held to address issues raised on police deployment, arrest and prosecution of hooligans and use of tear gas in stadiums. 2 Clubs, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards that are notorious for crowd trouble in stadiums The meeting was attended by amongst others the Commissioner of Sports Gordon Oluoch, Kenya Premier League CEO Jack Oguda, AFC Leopards chairman Allan Kasavuli and his Gor vice Wasuna, who represented his chairman Ambrose Rachier. Other recommendations reached during the meeting include the immediate registration of fans by the two clubs plus initiating an anti-hooliganism awareness campaign. But hardly 24 hours after this meeting unruly Gor fans pulled down a gate at the City Stadium and forcefully gained entry during a league match involving their club and City Stars. The fans later complained on social media they were forced to break the gate after the match day tickets ran out before they could purchase them. “That is not true. Actually this (violence) was stage managed by a group of people who illegally benefit from the sale of tickets at the stadium,” Gor Secretary Chris Omondi said. AFC’s Shadrack Oyando (left) before the 1982 Cecafa Club final against Rio Tinto at City Stadium. BY CELLESTINE OLILO @celliebeckie email@example.com A ll the big guns are in action this weekend as they look to set the tempo for their title chase in the second round of Kenyan Premier League matches. Current champions Gor Mahia got off to a flying start on Thursday with a resounding 2-0 win over bogey side City Stars. Sofapaka were impressive winners as Western Stima, Sony Sugar and Bandari also picked up maximum points from their league openers. AFC Leopards, who finished second last season, wobbled in their first match, coming from a goal down to hold KCB 1-1 at the Nyayo Stadium in their midweek clash. James Nandwa has since blamed fatigue for the unsatisfactory performance alluding to the fact that his team had just returned from their Confederation Cup assignment against Ethiopia’s Defence. Leopards have a chance to vindicate themselves when they face Ulinzi Stars on Sunday at the Nyayo stadium as both teams seek their first wins of the season. Little fatigue Gor Mahia, who showed little fatigue after their Champions League heroics in Gabon, face a difficult assignment in Machakos against Mathare United on Sunday. K’Ogalo coach Bobby Williamson is brimming with confidence, saying that his team is well prepared for even the most congested of schedules. “We have no worries at all. We are a football team and our work is to play,” he said, answering concerns of their apparently squeezed schedule. And their coach, well aware of the enormous task ahead, has urged his players to be composed and unforgiving on defence as they welcome Batoto ba Mungu in their new home ground. “Playing Gor is often a challenge, and their fans usually make it even harder to go past them but we are prepared both psychologically and mentally to challenge the champions,” said Mathare coach Stanley Okumbi. Basking high up in the league table is Sofapaka, who thrashed Muhoroni 5-1 KPL FIXTURES (Kick-off 3pm unless stated) Today: Chemelil Sugar v Muhoroni Youth (Chemelil) KRA v KCB (Nyayo ) MARTIN MUKANGU | DAILY NATION Geoffrey Kizito of Gor Mahia (left) attempts to beat City Star’s Dennis Okoth to the ball during their Tusker Premier League match at City Stadium on Thursday. All 16 teams are in action in this weekend’s matches. at their home ground last weekend and with no apologies. Sofapaka, who finished third last sea- son, will entertain Zedekiah Otieno’s Sony Sugar on Sunday at Machakos. Tomorrow, favourites Tusker will bat- tle it out against Western Stima looking to ascertain suggestions that they are genuine title challengers, while KRA and Top Fry Nakuru will play against KCB and Thika United respectively as they seek to collect their maiden league points. Tusker v Western Stima (Nyayo, 4.15pm) Top Fry Nakuru v Thika United (Afraha. Tomorrow: City Stars vs Bandari (Hope Centre) AFC Leopards vs Ulinzi Stars (Nyayo) Sofapaka v Sony Sugar (Machakos, 2pm) Mathare United v Gor Mahia (Machakos, 4.15pm) Tribute: Oyando mastered Leopards’ back line like no other BY JOHN ASHIHUNDU firstname.lastname@example.org Some have said that this AFC Leopards back line of David Nate, Moses Okwaro, Shadrack Oyando and Josephat Murila was one of the best ever to play in Kenya’s top league. Murila may have been a giant of the game but another colossus, Oyando, played alongside him. Oyando was a masterful reader of the game, with good touches and excellent tackling. He first featured for AFC Leop- ards in 1976 together with the late Haggai Mirikau, Nashon Busuru, Eliakim Ogoli amongst others. He joined the national team Harambee Stars in 1980 along with other Leopards greats like Mirikau, Wilberforce Mulamba, Joe Masiga, Murila, Mahmoud Abbas and Tony Lidonde. Oyando died on Tuesday in Nairobi. He was the son of the late John Ashikoye and Mildred Ashikoye and started his football career at Mundoli Primary School under teacher cum coach, Wycliffe Ambaisi. At the time of his demise, Oy- ando was a pastor and had turned his Nairobi residence back yard in Kariobangi South into a church. Oyando, 55, who leaves behind two sons, Kevin, 29 and Bernard, 26 will be laid to rest on March 8 at Ebukambuli village, Khushiku sub-location in Khwisero District of Kakamega County. There will be a major harambee in Nairobi at a venue to be named later. Murila, who played alongside Oyando on the heady 1970s and 80s, said he was a huge talent and excellent in the air.
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