FKL Bans Nyayo and City Stadia after stampede

Oct 26, 2010

The Nyayo National Stadium and Nairobi City Stadium have been indefinitely banned from all football activities.

Football Kenya Limited(FKL)barred the stadia in the wake of a stampede that left eight people dead and scores injured in a league match on Saturday at Nyayo.

FKL chairman Mohamed Hatimy said the move is meant to safeguard players’ safety and football fans. “A stadium may only be used to host football matches if the structural and technical condition of the stadium complies with safety requirements. FKL has no option but to ban both venues from hosting all football activities to safeguard players and fans until several measures are put in place.”

The new turn of events is likely to throw into disarray the remaining league matches that were to be played at the two venues.
Particularly affected are the eight Nairobi-based clubs that have been using the two stadiums as their home ground. The third national sporting facility, the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani is currently closed for reconstruction.

Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards however questioned the wisdom in FKL’s action saying that the body should instead provide viable options to forestall a repeat of the same incident in the future.

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier and his AFC Leopards counterpart Jacob Ochiel stated said that the matter of a match’s venue, timing and security were not within the province of the clubs.

Contrary to media reports, Rachier asserted that seven out of the fifteen gates were open during the match.

Meanwhile, the two clubs have jointly agreed to open a bank account “Gor and AFC October 23, 2010 Victims Solidarity Fund Account”, proceeds from which will be used to offset funeral arrangements for the bereaved and hospital bills for the injured.

The two clubs have set aside Tuesday November 2 as an inter-denominational prayer day at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Steven Omondi
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