Ingwe have moved to have recent indefinite ban to use Kasarani and Nyayo stadia lifted by agreeing to meet full costs of damages caused during crowd trouble by club fans
By Dennis Mabuka
AFC Leopards' have opted to meet full costs of damages caused during crowd trouble by club fans in two separate incidents earlier this season.
The Sports Stadia Management Board (SSMB) had earlier imposed an indefinite ban on the team from using its facilities following damages caused by club fans during the opening fixture against Chemelil Sugar at Kasarani and against the same team in a top 8 match at Nyayo Stadium.
During the aforementioned matches, Ingwe fans went on the rampage vandalizing 70 seats at Kasarani and also causing destruction at Nyayo Stadium.
In a letter exclusively obtained by Goal.com, dated May 03, 2013, addressed to SSMB acting (CEO) Gabriel Komora and signed by AFC Leopards Secretary Winston Kituyi, the club has now agreed on a compensation package payable in installments.
“We acknowledge existence of crowd trouble in your facilities and property damaged as a result of these isolated incidences.”
The statement adds: “AFC Leopards undertakes to pay your demands, not as admission to liability but as an acknowledgement of a possibility of such occurrences by dysfunctional fans in fields of play.”
“We therefore, agree to pay a fee of two hundred and forty five thousand shillings only (Sh245, 000) and fifty thousands shillings (Sh50, 000) as per your demand notes in three installments (given our current financial position) before July 31st 2013.”
“Kindly reconsider your decision to ban us from using your facilities as we make steps in conjunction with Kenya FA in stemming crowd trouble and vandalism in stadiums.”
The move by AFC Leopards hierarchy could be interpreted as a ploy to convince SSMB to allow the club use Kasarani venue for upcoming league derby against rivals Gor Mahia on May 15.
Kasarani and Nyayo Stadia are the only facilities in the country that can host a match of such magnitude owing to security measures and attendance.