Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants Gor Mahia are set to pay a heavy fine of approximately Kshs 1.5m after incidents involving the club’s fans during the team’s participation in the CAF Confederations Cup attracted the wrath of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
In a CAF disciplinary seating at the close of the group stage matches, which Gor Mahia finished second in Group D, to advance to the quarters, the Kenya giants were found to have failed to control the conduct of their fans on at least two incidents.
Gor Mahia was found culpable after two supporters entered the competitors’ area in the game against Angolan side Petro Atletico in the 57th minute and the matter was even worse at the end of the game.
“Two supporters of the local team entered the field of play at the 57th minute of the game. After intervention of the police, the game was able to resume normally.
“After the final whistle, there was a dangerous invasion of the field by the supporters of the local team (FC GOR MAHIA). It was with great difficulty in the absence of the failing security at the end of the game, that we were able to join our locker room without additional incidents,” CAF notes in its statement.
For the incident, CAF has slapped on Gor Mahia a fine of USD 10,000 (approx Kshs 1m).
“CAF Disciplinary Board decided to impose upon your club a financial sanction of 10.000 USD (Ten Thousand US Dollars) for the unsporting behavior of your supporters and the danger caused by the pitch invasion during the match,” the statement continues.
In the game against NA Hussein Dey of Algeria, Gor fans are accused of having pelted water bottles to the pitch and specifically directed at the opponents’ bench.
“At 62 minutes play after the second goal of Team A, the fans of Team A celebrated the goal by throwing water bottles on to the pitch, however the Stewards managed to take control of the situation and only a few water bottles reached the Team B substitution bench,” the statement says.
For the second offence, the club has been fined USD 5000 (approx. Kshs 500,000).