The AFC Leopards Executive council has on behalf of the entire AFC Leopards family launched an official appeal to KPL demanding to be awarded maximum points from Sunday’s match against Gor Mahia.This was announced by the AFC Leopards’ chairman Alex Ole Magelo flanked by his entire executive committee.
In a press statement, Magelo said the match officials failed to take control of the match after it had been stopped for over 25 minutes as a result of crowd trouble by unruly Gor Mahia fans.
“Various other competitive matches have been called off after the proverbial 15 minutes of Stoppage time as a result of crowd trouble with safety and security risks to all cited. As a
result of the failure, we demand that AFC Leopards be awarded maximum points from the match.” Said Magelo.
The statement went ahead to say as quoted “We ground our case on the following facts:
i)-As the home team, Gor Mahia miserably failed to provide enough security for the big match despite all signs showing a possibility of crowd trouble. The few police officers
deployed were totally unable to take control of over 20,000 fans present during the match.
ii)-That the security officers lacked strategy by tear gassing out of the stadium a section of Gor Mahia fans while leaving others to continue causing mayhem in the pitch.
iii). That the security officers failed to follow up on the rowdy fans tear gassed out of the Stadium to clear them out of the stadium precincts. That failure enabled the unruly Gor Mahia fans outside the stadium to regroup and start throwing stones and other foreign objects into the stadium, thus injuries more that 10 of AFC Leopards supporters inside
iv)-That efforts by our Team Manager Bernard Onyango to prevail upon the match officials to call off the match for security reasons were thwarted by high handed GMT Otieno who intimidated the match officials into submission.
iv)-That the ugly incidences disoriented the players wearing down their concentration in the match.
v)-That the fact that the several foreign objects hurled into the playing ground by Gor Mahia fans were to be picked by players to necessitate the resumption of the match is
a clear indication of lack of preparedness by both the home team and the stadia Management board.
vi)-That even after the controversial resumption of the match after a 25 minute stoppage, the match officials did not consider any extra time choosing to end the match
The statement further suggested a number of recommendations that include :
•AFC Leopards being awarded maximum points,
•Gor Mahia be heavily punished for failing to provide adequate security in such a high voltage match and for failing to reign in on its unruly supporters,
•Match officials be punished for poor judgment in the match by failing to call it off after serious security risks occasioned by the riots,
•GMT Otieno be punished by suspension or expulsion for his high handedness and threatening to bring the game of football into disrepute,
•KPL and Sports Stadia Management Board undertake to change the approach of securing fixtures between AFC and
•Gor to avert more chaotic scenes and lastly that All AFC fans injured by the riots be paid for medical expenses and compensated for the same.