Machakos County Governor Alfred Mutua has on Monday January 15, 2018 lifted a ban that they had imposed on Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Champions Gor Mahia FC from using the Stadiums in the County.
The ban came into effect following fan unrest on Sunday October 26, 2014 during a highly charged match between Gor and Sofapaka at the Kenyatta Stadium. In the unrest, windows of shops located opposite the stadium’s entrance were smashed by fans. A saloon car and a motorbike were also burnt as the fans engaged police in running battles outside the stadium.
This prompted Governor Mutua to fine the club Sh10 million for the damages.
Gor Mahia management led by Chairman Ambrose Rachier, CEO Lordvic Aduda and the Treasurer Ms. Sally Bolo had lunch with the Governor on Monday where the decision to lift the ban was reached at. Also present was AFC Leopard’s Chairman Dan Mule
“I have today lifted the ban we had imposed against Gor Mahia Football Club three years ago, 2014. The ban was as a result of hooliganism by some errant fans after a match at Machakos stadium.
After a lengthy meeting that included sharing of lunch, I was convinced by the Gor Mahia FC management led by the team’s Chairman and renowned lawyer Ambrose Rachier, The C.E.O. Mr. Lordvic Aduda and the Treasurer Ms. Sally Bolo that measures have been taken to address soccer hooliganism. They were supported by their arch rival AFC Leopard’s Chairman Dan Mule. My able Minister in charge of sports Ms. Faith Wathome also attended the meeting.
We have agreed that Gor Mahia FC can now play its Premier League matches in Machakos and use our stadium as their home stadium. Their first game will be an international game against Leones Vegetarianos (Equatorial Guinea) on February 10, this year.
As a token of goodwill and to be able to compensate the county for the destruction that occurred in 2014, the club has offered the Machakos County Government one million shillings through an agreed formula.
I welcome Gor Mahia Football Team and it’s vibrant supporters to Machakos as we use sports to bring out the best in all of us and to create friendships and peace in our great country of Kenya,” read a long post on Governor Mutua’s official Facebook page.