FKF are under pressure from league sponsors sportpesa and have been forced into taking decisive action to curtail hooliganism.
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Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards have been summoned to appear before the Independent Disciplinary and Appeals Committee (IDAC) over hooliganism. At the same time, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) will today set out far reaching measures it believes will tackle the vice. The federation suggested during their executive meeting on Monday that clubs whose fans cause abandonment of matches be docked points.
The Sportpesa Kenyan Premier League (KPL) announced that both Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards have been invited to answer to several charges following fan trouble in their matches. While at the disciplinary committee, Gor Mahia will answer to charges of fans throwing stones, bottles and other objects at assistant referee George Mwangi who awarded Tusker a penalty during the match.
Gor Mahia goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch will also be required to answer to charges of confronting Mwangi after he pushed the assistant referee twice while protesting the awarded penalty. Another charge that has been levelled against the club is failure to control their fans who entered the field of play and assaulted the assistant referee while their stewards watched.
AFC Leopards on the other hand will answer to charges of their fans causing the abandonment of their KPL match against Ulinzi Stars last Saturday in Mumias. The fans also attacked match officials, stealing from them and harming them in the process. The match between Leopards and Ulinzi was abandoned while the scores were tied 1-1 and the soldiers had been awarded a penalty.
According to KPL rules, Ulinzi Stars will be awarded the match. SPORTPESA CONCERNED The league’s title sponsors, Sportpesa, added their voice to the matter by accusing KPL of not doing enough to end the vice.
Ali Abondo joins Ajax Cape Town
Ajax Cape Town have confirmed the signing of Kenyan midfielder Victor Ali Abondo from Gor Mahia.
The 26-year-old has penned a two-year deal at Ikamva following a successful trial earlier in the year.
Abondo becomes the fifth addition to Ajax’s squad for the new Absa Premiership season, after Erick Chipeta put pen to paper a fortnight ago, while the club has also promoted three teenagers Masilake Phohlongo, Darren Johnson and Sirgio Kammies from their academy.
“It’s a good feeling to finally sign for Ajax Cape Town. This is what I’ve always dreamt of,” Abondo said.
“I consider Ajax as one of the best clubs in the PSL. Even in Kenya, people know Ajax Cape Town and rate the club highly.
“I will work hard to make my stay here successful. I’ve worked hard on my capabilities, so it’s time for me to take the next step in my career. For me, this is a big challenge and I will give it my all.”