Sportpesa, the AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia sponsor has reinstated the two clubs’ sponsorship after a three – week freeze following the clubs’ fans involvement in cases of hooliganism in the recent weeks of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL).
The move to reinstate the sponsorship has come after the two clubs showed intent to help stop the vice in the weeks after the suspension but it has not resumed devoid of conditions.
The two clubs have been directed to provide a report of the cases of hooliganism involving their fans in the past four months and action taken as well as reporting on the status of perpetrators apprehended and also to develop an events security management plan to show how they will deal with hooliganism cases in future.
Sportpesa, who also sponsor the league, revealed of the plan to commercialize stewards, with the National Youth Service (NYS) tasked to recruit stewards on behalf of Sportpesa with the selected stewards trained on crown management and used through all the league matches.
The government will also play a key role in the fight. The Interior Ministry will form a security committee chaired by the ministry’s Principal Secretary with the Inspector General of Police and key football stakeholders being members.
The committee will among other duties be charged with rooting out all manners of hooliganism at sporting events as well as look into the possibility of setting up mobile courts at the stadium to charge hooligans instantly.
The host club will be appearing in cases as the complainant when fans are arrested for causing trouble and will be expected to cooperate with the authorities in prosecuting the goons.