The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has strongly condemned the behavior of fans who caused a halt to Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match between Kenya and Guinea Bissau at the Nyayo Stadium.
A cross-section of disgruntled fans acted angrily to the decision by match officials to allow Guinea-Bissau’s 77th minute goal to stand despite attempts by Kenyan keeper Arnold Origi to keep it off the goal line.
The hosts’ players protested to no success which prompted fans to also show their discontent. A section of them hurled foreign objects onto the pitch, causing the match to be stopped for over half an hour.
FKF, chaired by Nick Mwendwa says they are looking into the matter and will ensure that such ugly scenes are not witnessed in the future.
FKF said in part:
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.
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