Today was another embarrassing day in Kenyan football as a league match was marred with ugly scenes. The highly anticipated Nairobi Derby between bitter rivals Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards turned ugly as chaos erupted at the Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The two had been deadlocked in a barren draw for over an hour with both sides failing to find the net.
Deep in the second half, Kogalo’s Victor Ali Abondo was sent off after a hard tackle on Ingwe’s left back Amon Muchiri. The encounter had largely been peaceful until the incident. Gor players bitterly protested the decision amid uproar from the Green Army.
As Ali left the pitch, majority of Gor fans on the terraces started marching out of the stadium. The match had to be halted temporarily as a section of the Green Army started hurling objects on the pitch.
Anti-riot police, who had formed a barrier between the two sides’ fans fired tear gas canisters towards the Gor side to prevent more trouble. The AFC half of the stadium remained full as the other half was left deserted.
The match was restarted 15 minutes later with Robert Syongo taking Muchiri’s place and Gor playing with 10 men. Allan Wanga failed to score for the first time in a match he has featured in for Leopards.
The final result at the last whistle was 0-0. Ingwe’s unbeaten run, now at 19 games in the league, continues. Leopards are still on top with 14 points while Gor now have 4 points with a game in hand and still placed 14th on the log.