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No longer at ease: Gor out to tame rogue fans as AFC’s Were heads south

FOOTBALL By -GILBERT WANDERA and JOHN LAWRENCE | February 12th 2014

By GILBERT WANDERA and JOHN LAWRENCE

Gor Mahia’s Musa Mohamed (behind) and Junior Aubyang of US Bitam of Gabon fight for ball possession during their Continental match at Nyayo National Stadium, Saturday. [PHOTO:BONIFACE OKENDO

Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia FC have called for an all branches crisis meeting today at Nyayo National Stadium from 5:00pm to outline measures to curb hooliganism.

“As a club we have received communication from the league’s governing council and we want to inform all our members of the new regulations so that they know the repercussions of unruly behaviour,” Gor’s Organising Secretary David Kilo told FeverPitch.

Gor have on many occasions been either fined orbanned by the league’s judicial body, the Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC). KPL CEO Jack Oguda last Saturday released a Press statement giving IDCC powers to dock points from club’s whose fans perpetuate hooliganism.

Oguda’s communiqué said that KPL Governing council “Approved the docking of points from the League standings by the Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee for any club found culpable of causing an abandonment of matches due to acts of hooliganism and crowd trouble.”

Maintain order

Kilo said: “We want to work hand in hand with the law enforcers. The branches will be charged with the responsibility of ensuring that their members maintain law and order in the stadium,” explained Kilo saying that the new plan will see all Gor fans sit according to branches in the stadia stands as the club seeks the hand of the National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA)

“We are going to meet with NACADA chair John Mututho to negotiate on various formulae that will ensure that we keep all our matches free from alcohol and drunken behavior. If possible, we wouldn’t mind using the controversial Alco-blow,” added Kilo.

Crisis meeting

Gor meeting is hot on the heels of the recent crowd trouble at Nyayo National Stadium during the 2014 Kenya Power Charity Cup.

During the charity tourney, Gor and AFC Leopards fans clashed with Kenya Police.

Meanwhile, AFC Leopards winger Paul Were has been invited for trials in South Africa but is unlikely to leave the GOtv champions until mid-season.

Were will travel to South Africa after the team’s return Confederations Cup match against Defence of Ethiopia this Sunday.

According to Leopards Organising Secretary Timothy Lilumbi, the midfielder has received an invitation from Division One side Witbank Spurs.

“The club had wanted him (Were) to go immediately but we pleaded with them to let him travel after our return match against Defence. We are glad they accepted our request,” he said.

However, AFC Leopards coach James Nandwa will not have to worry about losing the player who can only leave the club when the transfer window opens.

Were set up both goals for Leopards on Sunday when they hit Defence 2-0 in the first leg of their Confederations Cup fixture and remain a key component in helping the club make it to the next round.

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