Following the abandonment of Sunday’s league match between AFC Leopards and Kakamega Homeboyz at Bukhungu Stadium due to crowd disturbances, team chairman Dan Shikanda has finally broken his silence.
After fans flooded the field to protest a contentious refereeing decision, the tense Kenyan Premier League match was over after 34 minutes from normal time. Farouk Shikalo, the goalkeeper for the Kakamega Homeboyz, handled the ball outside of the penalty area, but the referee waved play on rather than show a straight red card, much to the annoyance of the AFC Leopards fans.
Speaking concerning the incident, Dan Shikanda said the team is not to blame. “We can’t take the blame for the chaos that erupted on the pitch. Any fixture involving the AFC Leopards is a highly volatile match, and the home team must ensure there is adequate security to keep rowdy fans at bay.” FIFA rules are very clear. Any goalkeeper who handles the ball outside the area receives a straight red card. But in our case, the referee waved play on.” He said.