Mathare FC beat AFC Leopards 3-2 to reach the Kenya Power Charity Cup finals on Sunday. Gor Mahia was also beaten by Sofapaka 3-1 therefore clashing Gor’s hopes of making it to the finals. However, this was not without drama as fans from both Gor and AFC descended on to the pitch and causing havoc.
AFC fans expressed their disappointment after witnessing their beloved team being edged out by Mathare United in the first match of the 2014 Kenya Power Charity Cup played at Nyayo Stadium that started at 3pm.
The AFC fans were being chased away by a section of Gor Mahia fans from the stands forcing the police to unleash teargas canisters with the former spading off to pave way for the second
The two sides had battled to a scoreless draw sending the tie into post match shootouts which saw an outstanding Kenya U20 custodian Peter Odhiambo in the Mathare United goal save Noah Wafula last kick assuring the Slum Boys of a final berth.
Gor’s drama started in the second half of the second Kenya Power Charity Cup clash pitting Gor Mahia against Sofapaka at the Nyayo National Stadium, delaying the game owing to fan trouble that started just as the teams went to the changing rooms for the half time break with Sofapaka in the lead.
A cross section of fans clad in AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia colors had a disagreement before the game kicked off, delaying it for 25 minutes and the scenes got worse as the game drew to the break with police intervention not seeming to calm the situation.
When Police attempted to fire tear gas canisters at the rowdy groups of fans, they got into to the field and roughed up a police officer, leaving him badly injured as his fellows fled.
This led to television broadcasters SuperSport pulling out from airing the remaining matches of the second edition of Kenya Power Charity Cup due to the violence that erupted after the first match pitting AFC Leopards and Mathare United and later Gor Mahia, Sofapaka at the Nyayo Stadium.
BY JOSEPHINE OTIENO