Gor Mahia ban on using Machakos stadium now lifted

Goal Kenya.
K’Ogalo were banned from using the facility following crowd trouble in 2014 when they lost a league match to Sofapaka

Gor Mahia will now be allowed to use Machakos Stadium for their league matches this season.

This after the club confirmed that the ban slapped on them by Machakos County has been lifted after officials visited Governor Alfred Mutua on Monday.

“The ban on Gor Mahia to use Machakos stadium has been lifted, the club will now use the venue for many of its home matches.

"That comes after chairman Rachier, CEO Aduda & treasurer Sally visited Machakos County Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua for a 'peace talk' today (Monday),” the club said on their official twitter account.

Governor Mutua also confirmed the decision to lift the ban in a statement obtained by Goal. “I have today (Monday) lifted the ban we had imposed against Gor Mahia three years ago, 2014. The ban was as a result of hooliganism by some errant fans after a match at Machakos stadium.

“After a lengthy meeting that included sharing of lunch, I was convinced by the Gor Mahia management led by the team’s Chairman and renowned lawyer Ambrose Rachier, C.E.O. Lordvic Aduda and the Treasurer Ms. Sally Bolo that measures have been taken to address soccer hooliganism.

"They were supported by their arch rival AFC Leopard’s chairman Dan Mule. My able minister in charge of sports Ms. Faith Wathome also attended the meeting.

“We have agreed that Gor Mahia FC can now play its Premier League matches in Machakos and use our stadium as their home stadium. Their first game will be an international game against Equatorial Guinea’s Leones Vegetarianos on February 10, this year.

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“As a token of goodwill and to be able to compensate the county for the destruction that occurred in 2014, the club has offered the Machakos County Government one million shillings through an agreed formula.

“I welcome Gor Mahia and it’s vibrant supporters to Machakos as we use sports to bring out the best in all of us and to create friendships and peace in our great country of Kenya.”

K’Ogalo were banned from using the facility following crowd trouble in 2014 when they lost a league match to Sofapaka.