Gor Mahia: We will not pay Sh1 million bond

K’Ogalo secretary George Bwana now scoffs at FKF and KPL demand that they pay a refundable bond as surety to SSMB before playing AFC Leopards

Gor Mahia have maintained they will not abide by a requirement to deposit a Sh1million bond before being allowed to play rivals AFC Leopards’ in a ‘Mashemeji derby’ on August 25 at Kasarani.

The club's Secretary General George Bwana has told Goal that the requirement has no basis in law.

Bwana further says that Gor Mahia will not shift their home matches from City Stadium as ordered by a joint FKF and KPL meeting held on Friday.

"We have always maintained that those who caused trouble at Kasarani were not our fans. Furthermore, we were not the home team and our opponents were supposed to provide security as the hosts. That is what the law says.

"Regarding the bond, I want to say we will not pay and no one can force us to play behind closed doors.”

He added:"City Stadium is our registered home ground and this is where we will play our matches."

Bwana says the club had not received official communication on the deliberations but retaliated that the club will not pay a penny for the damage he claimed was caused by goons and not his club’s supporters.

Earlier on Friday, Goal exclusively reported that FKF had ordered Gor Mahia, who are serving an indefinite ban of using both Nyayo and Kasarani following crowd trouble during their league match against Nairobi City Stars, to pay a refundable Sh1 million bond to be allowed to use the venue for the derby.

The Sh1 million is exclusive of the Sh2.8million slapped on Gor Mahia by the SSMB for damages caused during the match that ended in a barren draw. “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 said.

He added: “If Gor Mahia declines to pay the bond then they will be forced to play the derby behind closed doors.”

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.”