Gor Mahia have reacted with fury at news that the club has been banned from playing at all facilities being managed by the Sports Stadia Management Board (SSMB) owing to crowd trouble.
The Kenyan Premier League in the meantime, says they will hold an emergency meeting to discuss the matter even as it emerged that the August 25 derby between Gor Mahia against AFC Leopards’ now hangs in the balance.
According to Gor Mahia vice-chairman Faiz Ochieng, the ban was harsh and will only harm the club rather than help it in dealing with hooliganism.
“Stadia are meant for sports and if they ban us from using their facilities of what use will it be. Furthermore, we are confident that those who caused the violence are not our fans but hired thugs.
“We have asked the SSMB to give us CCTV footage to help us identify the trouble makers so that we can take action but they have declined to do so. I want to urge our fans to be calm as we deal with the matter,” Ochieng’ told Goal.
KPL Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda termed the ban as unfortunate and urged clubs to be keen on restricting their fans from causing trouble at match venues.
“We will have an emergency meeting to discuss the ban because it affects our programs in a big way. Key among the concerns is where to host the August 25 derby. We are even considering restricting the number of fans to watch the match.”