The local football supporters took to social media to state their positions following a move by Football Kenya Federation putting out a total fine of KSh. 10 million against Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards after they boycotted a derby match that had been scheduled to be played on Saturday at the Thika Stadium.
On Sunday,FKF in a Press briefing by its president Nick Mwendwa docked AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia 3 points each and gave respective club chairmen Dan Shikanda and Ambrose Rachier two weeks provisional suspension pending hearing of their case in the appeals committee which will determine the duo’s fate.
FKF president slapping @OfficialGMFC and @AFCLeopards with sh10 million fine for demanding their right is outrageous, insensitive and reckless. Without Gor and AFC, you've no league. Ama nimedangyanya? Mimi kama fan wa K'Ogalo it's either we get our money or hell breaks lose.
— Millicent Omanga (@MillicentOmanga) August 1, 2021
Just wondering…where is this heading to? Does the federation have balls to relegate these two if they stand their ground? Ps: we want to qualify for Qatar 2022. Dear FKF, there is a reason AFC vs Gor is called a derby. THE derby in Kenya. These two are survivors. pic.twitter.com/ZXZuDyMhxa
— @MikeOkinyi (@MikeOkinyi) August 1, 2021
Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards should not cry foul over the punishment coming from that guy. This might be the start of something good for the clubs. Stand your ground.
— Tom Bwana (@TomBwana) August 2, 2021
The two prominent Kenyan Premier League clubs had on Friday written to the federation informing them of their impending boycott, if their league title and broadcast sponsorship arrears, as well as their pending Betway Cup (final game) payouts were not credited to their accounts by the evening of the day preceding the derby.
It’s the first time in the history of Kenyan club football that the Derby has failed to take place with the two clubs blatantly defying FKF President Nick Mwendwa who had warned them on the same day of dire consequences if they missed the match.
The two clubs didn’t travel to Thika but instead organised a friendly match at Camp Toyoyo grounds which Gor won 1-0 courtesy of Samuel Onyango’s first half strike.