Online Betting Firm Company SportPesa on Tuesday reinstated its sponsorship to Kenya Premier League Giants Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards a few weeks after suspension due to hooliganism.
Speaking during a press brief a fortnight ago Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri announced that the betting firm would only reinstate sponsorship to the two clubs once it is satisfied that the vice is dealt with.
Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri in a media briefing however announced that the betting firm along with the two clubs, the Kenyan Premier League and the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) had agreed on a multi-faceted approach that will help clamp down on hooliganism even as he mentioned the reaffirming of his company’s financial commitment to the two clubs.
“As we came to the conclusion of our talks we decided not to put any penalties.The two teams will not suffer any monetary penalties.We will continue with the sponsorship as if they were never suspended”
One of the measures will be to commercialize Stewards who will be recruited by the NYS on behalf of Spoertpesa.
The Police will on the other hand provide non-uniformed police officers who will mix up with the fans with the aim to apprehend fans who engage in hooliganism.
The Ministry of Interior and the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet are also expected to assist in the general security process in the Stadium.
“With these measures we feel confident that we will not be seeing similar cases of hooliganism in future” said Karauri.
AFC Leopards caused abandonment of their match against Ulinzi Stars in Mumias while Gor fans caused a stoppage of close to 20 minutes in their match against Tusker on April 16 with a section of their fans attacking match officials.
Also present were the AFC Leopards club co-chairman Dan Mule and his Gor Mahia counterpart Ambrose Rachier who welcomed the decisions and urged their fans to refrain from hooliganism.