Nyamweya slams unruly fans
Following the destruction caused by a section of Gor Mahia fans, after the team’s failure to clinch the 2012 title, Football Kenya Federation chairman Sam Nyamweya has come out to express his disappointment.
According to Nyamweya, the deed presented local football in a negative light, ultimately discouraging potential sponsors from getting on board.
“Kenyan football has covered some major milestones but actions like the one we witnessed on Saturday reverse all the progress made. For instance, there were a number of companies willing to support the league and its constituent teams. However, such incidents present a bad image on the sport, making it difficult for anyone to convince these sponsors that their brands will gain positively from their association,” said Nyamweya.
Nyamweya also indicated that he had received complaints from broadcasters SuperSport, who even promised to steer away from covering matches for teams whose fans are involved in violence and hooliganism.
“SuperSport called me saying they are deeply concerned about such violence in the league. This is especially because their equipment suffered some damage during the fracas. They have even confirmed that they might not air matches of teams whose fans conducted themselves the way we saw on Saturday,” said Nyamweya.
Gor Mahia had been title favourites going into the last match of the season. However, they stumbled, falling to a 1-1 draw to Thika United, allowing Tusker to take the cup.
This failure angered some of their fans who went on the rampage, destroying both private and public assets, including public service vehicles.