Football is meant to be a sport that is exciting and beautiful to watch.
The Gormahia vs Afc Leopards game was abandoned in the 64th minute on security grounds after AFC Leopards fans disrupted the match after Gor Mahia had been awarded a penalty when Leopards captain Jackson Saleh handled the ball in the box.
It is not forgivable for someone in his right mind and an alleged football fan to start throwing stones at their opponents just because his rival team has been awarded a genuine penalty. As a football fan it is hard to watch your team loose but this doesn’t mean you have to forget the rules of the game.
Awarding of penalties is something that is sometimes inevitable especially in highly contested matches.
It was really sickening to see injured fans lying at the Nyayo national stadium due to fracas that erupted during the famous mashemeji derby and It’s time the culprits are brought to book to set an example to others once for all so as to curb hooliganism.
Football is a business and if the mashemeji derby is played in far places or even their games burned it will greatly affect business at the two clubs.
The derby brings in a lot of revenue to the clubs due to ticket sales so if majority of fans are not able to attend or even have the games played with no fans it will surely affect the clubs badly. Moreover, even the club sponsors would not like to be associated with a team that is known for its bad image, it also hurts their businesses.
I hope the government is watching and will do something to prevent even worse things happening. Lives have been lost over the years, it’s not worth it.
The fans too have to come together to rally for peace during these games.We should borrow a leaf from our fellow football nations so as to get tips on how well to handle football rivalry, we have to up our game otherwise we will have nothing to smile about.