AFC Leopards have announced they are pulling out of the Kenyan Premier League Top 8 tournament in the wake of crowd trouble in their league match against Gor Mahia on Sunday.
Leopards were scheduled to play Gor Mahia on April 1 in the knockout tournament that brings together the first eight-placed teams in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL). According to Leopards chairman, Alex Ole Magelo, the move is to avoid further v******e as intelligence revealed Ingwe fans are planning to avenge i******s sustained by scores of their fans.
“It is a tough decision we are making but it is in the interest of the safety of our fans,” Magelo told FeverPitch at a Nairobi Hotel where Football Kenya Federation (FKF) is meeting with KPL officials to review the Sunday v******e.
Gor Mahia fans went on the r*****e inside the Nyayo National Stadium to protest the sending off of midfielder Victor Ali Abondo following a high tackle on Leopards defender Amon Muchiri. Quick action, however, by the Kenya Police saved the situation but the unruly fans took their action to the streets — stoning motorists in the process.
The scores were tied 0-0 at the time of the sending off and Gor Mahia held on to share the spoils against the in-form AFC Leopards.
Report by James Waindi, writing by Robin Toskin