The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has issued a statement condemning the acts of hooliganism that were witnessed during the AFCON 2017 qualifier against Guinea Bissau at the Nyayo National Stadium.
Kenya’s fans started throwing objects to the pitch and some went on to invade the pitch after Guinea Bissau scored on the 80th minute as Kenya was served the second straight loss by Guinea Bissua and in effect knocked out Harambee Stars from the race.
In the statement sent to media houses, the FKF CEO Robert Muthomi condemned the acts of hooliganism and called on fans to embrace the spirit of sportsmanship and maximum restraint.
While Kenya faces FIFA sanctions over the incidents, Muthomi lauded the match officials for seeing to it trhe that the match concludes.
Below is the full statement
The Kenya Football federation strongly condemns the behavior of a small section of fans who acted irresponsibly during the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match between Kenya and Guinea Bissau.
Such actions do not augur well for our nation, especially when efforts are underway to galvanize fans to actively support our clubs and national teams. Despite the interruption, the match officials made an important decision to resume the match. A total abandonment of the match would have meant serious repercussions to the nation.
We thank our national team players for their efforts on field. Despite the results, it was clear that the team and the technical bench showed their commitment and endeavor.
Whereas short term positive results are critical in building our collective confidence, we must address the reasons why our leading clubs and national team have performed dismally in recent continental fixtures.
The Federation is focused on taking a foundational and long term view to developing our game and eventual success on and off the field. We are cognizant that such an approach may not yield instant results. However, it is a journey that we urge all football stakeholders to embrace. This will require active support for upcoming players and coaches. Equally, we urge fans to provide a conducive environment for the progressive changes to take place.
ROBERT MUTHOMI CEO/SECRETARY GENERAL
FOOTBALL KENYA FEDERATION