…but the August 25 duel will only go ahead if Gor Mahia, who are banned from using the facility, deposit Sh1 million bond as surety to SSMB for damages
By Otieno Otieno
Kenya Premier League (KPL) side Gor Mahia will host rivals AFC Leopards' at Moi Kasarani in the eagerly awaited 'Mashemeji derby' on August 25.
But K'Ogalo, who are serving an indefinite ban of using both Nyayo and Kasarani following crowd trouble during their league match against Nairobi City Stars, will have to pay a refundable bond of Sh1million to be allowed to hosts their rivals. The Sh1 million is exclusive of the Sh2.8million slapped on Gor Mahia by the SSMB.
A joint Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and Kenyan Premier League (KPL) committee which met on Friday to deliberate on the club’s recent ban said the bond will be deposited to SSMB.
The meeting tasked FKF to prevail upon the SSMB to lift the suspension on Gor Mahia paving way for the August 25 derby against arch-rivals AFC Leopards to be staged at Kasarani.
“The Sh1million to be deposited with SSMB will be used to cover any damages that may be caused by fans of Gor Mahia,” FKF President Sam Nyamweya exclusively told Goal.
Nyamweya said the bond is exclusive of the Sh2.8million slapped on Gor Mahia by the SSMB and insisted the club has to pay the fine.
He added: “If Gor Mahia decline to pay the bond then they will be forced to play the derby behind closed doors.”
Nyamweya also announced that Gor Mahia have been ordered to make available a security plan they intend to have in place ahead of the derby.
He also revealed that all Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards’ matches will from henceforth be played at either Kasarani or Nyayo Stadium. “Gor will not be allowed to play their fixtures at City Stadium from now henceforth. Their last match at the venue is the one against Muhoroni Youth on Saturday.”