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As exclusively revealed by last month, the SSMB has cracked the whip by compelling Ingwe to pay for damages incurred during match against Chemelil

By Dennis Mabuka

AFC Leopards’ troubles have worsened after the Sports Stadia Management Board (SSMB) fined the club Sh245, 000 for vandalism that followed their league match against Chemelil Sugar at Moi Kasarani Stadium.

As exclusively revealed by last month, SSMB Public Relations Officer Rakki Asman, had insisted that the club will be compelled to foot the destruction bill following crowd trouble by suspected Ingwe fans, who were directing their wrath at match referee James Kagera over claims of 'suspect officiating'.

In an official letter to the club Secretary dated March 11, 2013 and signed by SSMB's CEO Gabriel Omora, the team has been warned of unspecified action if they do not pay for the damages in full.

“Your (AFC) fans were seen heckling on top of seats, security personnel were sent numerous times to warn and discourage them, this was not adhered to and as a result 70 seats were damaged.”

“In this regard, the Board has prepared an invoice amounting to Sh245, 000. The Board will not hesitate to take an unspecified action if this payment is not done soon.”

The fans are reported to have 'uprooted' the stadia seats and hurled them onto the pitch during the match that ended 1-1.

But in a quick rejoinder, club vice-chairman Walter Onyino argued that the SSMB had not 'procedurally' done an audit of the damages.

“We are way off from writing the cheque. I believe due procedure would have been for the SSMB to invite us to inspect the damage together, then discuss the way forward. Not forward us a bill from the blue,” revealed Onyino.

Onyino however, added that the club's National Executive Committee was devising a way in which to share the losses with the fans.

“On the other hand this is no excuse. Each fan should be his brother's keeper. We could forward this bill to the respective branches as a last resort to enable our fans learn that destruction of property has never been a solution to any form of challenge.”