AFC Leopards chairman Alex Magelo has asked Kenyan Premier League (KPL) to clamp down on hooliganism and improve standards of pitches this season.
Magelo said the club will itself take internal measures to prevent hooliganism among their fans and warned of dire consequences should anyone be caught trying to cause problems during their matches.
"Hooliganism has been a big issue in the last season and as a club we have taken measures to ensure it does not happen. Our stewards will have cameras in the stadium to identify those who try to cause problems for us. We also ask KPL to ensure such incidences are controlled to make our stadia safe even as we want to attract fans to watch matches," he said.
Magelo also expressed concern over the state of some pitches in the country and asked the league company to set aside some money for upgrading such facilities.
"Some pitches for example in Chemelil, Muhoroni, Thika and Kakamega do not deserve to host league matches. We spend a lot of money treating our players who suffer injuries for playing on such surfaces," he said.
Magelo was speaking when he unveiled the club's new signings at Nyayo Stadium on Tuesday. The new signings include Anthony Kimani, Obadiah Ndege, Noah Wafula, Martin Musalia, Patilla Omotto, Jackson Saleh, Michael Wandera, Bernard Ongoma and Noah Abich.
Magelo said the new players are a valuable addition to their squad and remained confident they can ably fight for the 2013 title. Leopards narrowly missed out last season's crown after leading in the standings for most of the year only to see their ambitions go up in smoke on the final lap.
Magelo also confirmed that the club had appointed Tom Olaba as the head coach for the rest of the season. “He (Olaba) has what it takes to guide this team and he has our support and I trust from the players as well."