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Football or hooliganism

12 November 2012, 14:14Dennis Omido

Center referee Damaris Kimani blew the final whistle at City Stadium and left Gor Mahia fans and players broken hearted as they had failed to win the Tusker Premier League title.

True fans embraced the sporting spirit and walked away of the stadium one by one, but from the look on their faces one could tell how disappointed they were.

Gor Mahia players were overcome by emotions, some shed tears because Thika United had blocked them from being crowned Tusker Premier League champions of 2012.

Some disappointed fans could not let it go easily, they decided to remain at the stadium waiting for Thika United players and referees to leave the stadium and land on them. 

After some time, they engaged police in running battles, threw stones and chairs in the field where Thika United players and the referees had taken refuge.

This was a show of how notorious fans can be when their team fails to perform. They forgot that football is played in the pitch and not on roads.

Kenyan football fans need to mature and know that in every competition there must be a winner and a loser. They also have to embrace the sporting spirit and accept the results after a match has been played.

Sports are meant to bring people together and should not act as a cause for chaos. What was experienced on Saturday evening at City Stadium, Jogoo Road, all the way to Moi Avenue where Tom Mboya’s statue stands shows the level of immaturity in our football fans.

In England, talk of hooliganism by fans and you will know what it means. A team whose fans misbehaves during or after a match is fined heavily. In Kenya, when such a case happens, there are no hefty charges. Fans are banned from going to the stadium for one or two matches then it is over.

This depicts how the authorities concerned with football management in Kenya are money oriented instead of developing mature football in the country.

If all they wanted and got was money then they should be in a position to pay for the damages that were caused on Saturday evening along Jogoo Road and even repair the damaged Tom Mboya statue.

This was not the first time that the fans were resulting to chaos. They should have put proper measures as this was a decider match and the fans should have acted with caution.

It is a high time that we cheer our sports men and women in unity as Kenyans and accept results. Sports should not be used as a factor to divide our nation.
 

 
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