Shock as Government bars Gor from using Kasarani
The Ministry of Sports has notified Gor Mahia on the closure of Kasarani Stadium, just a day ahead of Gor Mahia vs USM Alger scheduled for Wednesday at the venue
In what should be a shocker to Kenyan football fans, the Ministry of Sports has closed Kasarani Stadium until further notice thereby putting in limbo a CAF Confederations Cup match pitting hosts Gor Mahia versus USM Algers of Algeria scheduled to be played at the venue on Wednesday 16th, My from 7pm.
The stadium witnessed one of the largest soccer crowds in recent times when Gor Mahia took on English Championship side Hull City on Sunday. After the match, the stadium management were left counting losses after sections of the facility were vandalized.
In a letter marked Urgent to Gor Mahia and copied to the Sports CS and PS, Ministry of Sports Director General Salma Ondimu made the startling disclosure.
“This is to inform you that the Ministry of Sports and Heritage and the Management of Sports Kenya have decided to temporarily stop all football activities at Kasarani Stadium until further notice., “ the letter read.
“This is informed by the unfortunate incidents during the game between Gor Mahia and Hull City on Sunday 13th May, 2018 where fans destroyed seats and other properties in and outside the Stadium. The extent of the damage is being established.
“In the meantime, the Ministry will constitute a team comprising of relevant stakeholders to analyse the happenings and come up with appropriate measures to avoid such instances in the future”
Gor Mahia are scheduled to take on USM Algers on Wednesday evening at the Stadium from 7pm.With the new development the only other stadium approved by CAF is Machakos Stadium but it lacks floodlights meaning the match cant be played at 7pm.
The Stadium was reopened on Sunday after refurbishment that saw the pitch redone with new grass.Gor Mahia had already put a price tag of 500 for VIP and 200 for regular section on the tickets for the match against USM Alger