Gor Mahia have been awarded Sunday’s abandoned SportPesa Kenyan Premier League match against arch-rivals AFC Leopards at Nyayo Stadium.
The league body made the decision yesterday and communicated it to both clubs. Gor Mahia deputy secretary Ronald Ngala confirmed the same and expressed delight at the decision. “We expected it. We were not at fault at all.
The rules are very clear that all teams are responsible for the conduct of their fans,” he said. In awarding the match, the premier league company quoted rule 3.4 which states that a team shall forfeit a match that has been abandoned as a result of the conduct of their fans.
This happened as 19 Gor Mahia fans were charged over chaos that erupted after the match at Nyayo Stadium. The fans appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku but did not take plea after their lawyer Jack Odhiambo objected to their prosecution stating that their rights were violated.
Odhiambo told the court that the 19 were held in custody for more than 24 hours before being brought to court. He added that the 14th accused was a minor and had been held together with adults since Sunday when they were arrested.
In her ruling however, Magistrate Mutuku stated that the explanation given by the prosecution was reasonable. “Considering the number of the suspects and the charges preferred against them, I find the prosecution’s argument reasonable.
However the accused persons are at liberty to file a civil suit if indeed they feel their rights were violated,” she said. Magistrate Mutuku directed that the 14th accused person who was alleged to be a minor be taken for age assessment to determine his age.