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KPL’s plan to arrest hooliganism

The Kenyan Premier League has organised a two-day workshop to find ways of curbing hooliganism.

The meeting planned for February 12 and 13 will involve stakeholders and fans who will discuss methods of how to make Kenyan stadia peaceful places for family outings, where fans can enjoy matches without fear of violence.

The local game has suffered a major image dent owing to misconduct of some goons who associate themselves with top clubs Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards.

The latest setback was last weekend during the Kenya Power Charity Cup at the Nyayo National Stadium where a section of Leopards and Gor fans attacked each other and engaged in running battles.

Premier League boss Jack Oguda said preparations were complete and the forum will go a long way in helping stamp out hooliganism.

“We are looking forward to the workshop. Hooliganism cannot be rooted out by an individual. We need to put our heads together and come up with solutions,” he said.

He added that efforts to stamp out the vice should be all-inclusive. The football agency has been accused of being lenient to some clubs by failing to mete out stiff punishment whenever their fans are involved in crowd trouble.

Oguda, however, defended his team against accusations of leniency towards specific teams.