Record champions Gor Mahia have been the first Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League club to feel the wrath of the FKF Caretaker Committee installed last November by Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed after disbanding the Nick Mwendwa-led FKF.
The committee which is chaired by retired Justice Aaron Ringera has awarded Vihiga Bullets three points from their match against K’Ogalo which only played until half time at the Kasarani Stadium last month.
The away side Vihiga Bullets refused to come back for the second half, citing safety reasons after chaos erupted during the match, with three people being rushed to hospital with injury including Gor Mahia’s head of security.
Following the case that was forwarded to it for determination, the committee has now pronounced itself on the issue, slapping Gor Mahia with a 2-0 loss, in a match that they were leading 1-0 before the fracas.
“After review of the match officials report of the 2021-22 FKF Premier League Match 180 between Gor Mahia FC and Vihiga Bullets FC which was abandoned at halftime on Sunday, February 13, 2022, at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Gor Mahia FC forfeits the match in accordance with Rule 3-5.6 of the Rules and Regulations Governing Kenyan Football (2019) which states, “a club will forfeit any match which was abandoned because of the misconduct of their members or supporters'” Gor Mahia forfeits the match on 2-0 basis per Rule 3-3-3,” the Committee said in its verdict.
Gor Mahia who have also transferred their games to Western Kenya after being banned from Kasarani and the Nyayo National Stadium over the same, will also have to play their next two games without fans, the committee says.
“Also, per Rule 9.3.1, Gor Mahia FC is hereby given a two-match empty stadium ban and, therefore, should play its next two home league matches behind closed doors. The matter has also been referred to the Disciplinary Committee for further action,” the verdict adds.