By Paul Obonyo
Courtesy of futaa.com
I have read with lots of displeasure, an earlier article in regards to the Gor Mahia vs Sony Sugar Kenyan Premier Leaguematch at the City Stadium over the weekend, where there was revenue loss during the match, which according to the writer was due to my negligence.
According to the writer, by removing the police horses from the position where tickets were being sold I single handedly caused the havoc that reigned afterwards.
I would categorically like to say that the horses in question were being stoned by impatient fans who were waiting to get into the stadium and due to the suffering that was being inflicted to them, I feared for the kind of reaction the animals would have had, had they retaliated, which could even have caused a stampede and mayhem at the scene.
Despite my action, I would like to add that there was in no way cause of ticketing revenue, as most of those who made their way into the stadium were paid up spectators and the revenue loss was not as the likes of the purposed writer would like to exaggerate.
Tickets should not be sold at the Stadium
And in the event that it did, I wonder why he chose this forum, whereas there are laid down procedures in which he could have used?
In my opinion and with experience in handling crowds, I would like to say that the fact that the tickets were being sold at the stadium was the main cause of the mayhem and if anything, I would still recommend that ticket sales be done elsewhere, if possible, far from the stadium.
I feel that this is vendetta from the writer who must be from the system that steals money
from the club, if the collections during Gor Mahia vs Western Stima clash in May are to go by (Ksh 624,000 was collected), what does this mean?
Simple mathematics says that only 1248 fans watched the match from the center stand and paid Ksh 500 each, way before we could analyze how many people from the Russia side of the stadium paid to watch the match leaves a lot to be desired.
I am not here to throw stones but to ask for accountability from all sectors and avoid laying blame in the aftermath of such problems.