Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League side Gor Mahia have been suspended from using Kenya’s top two stadiums, the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani and the Nyayo National Stadium.
This follows the chaos that marred their game with Vihiga Bullets three weeks ago which left three people injured and windows vandalized.
Vihiga Bullets refused to come back for the second half citing security reasons, though Gor Mahia were leading 1-0 thanks to a George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo strike.
The FKF Caretaker Committee is yet to deliver the verdict but Sports Stadia Management has now banned the record champions from using the two sports facilities.
According to the club, they will now be hosting their games at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu and the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.
“The Sports Stadia Management wrote to us and wants us to sort out the damages then report those who caused the fracas as a condition before we are allowed to use Kasarani. They also stated that they must see to it that we are serious in ending the acts of hooliganism before we use their facilities again,” Sam Ochola, Gor Mahia Secretary General said in an interview with Nation Sport.
K’Ogalo played to a 1-1 draw last time out which was away to Bandari FC in Mombasa and are next at home to defending champions Ulinzi Stars.
Gor Mahia is set to host the weekend’s game in Kisumu with the club’s management thinking of Bukhungu Stadium for the derby that is thereafter.
After being banned from Nyayo and Kasarani, K’Ogalo had a host of options like Utalii Grounds, Ruaraka Grounds, Thika Stadium et al, but the club maintains their choice of venue has been influenced by their big fan base in Western Kenya.
“In Nairobi, the fans who come to the stadium are few, much disorganized and want to watch our matches for free. Even in Thika they broke the gate. I can confirm our next home matches will be in Kisumu and Kakamega. We will work with our branches to help fans turn out in huge numbers which translates to good revenue,” said Ochola.
The 19-time champions are sixth on the log with 31 points from 18 games.