The Star (Nairobi)

24 September 2012

Kenya: Well Done Soccer Fans

In the past, any match pitting Gor Mahia against AFC Leopards almost always ended in violence, leaving destruction in its wake. But things seemed to take a different turn on Saturday as fans of both teams resolved to end the Kenya Premier League City Derby peacefully. It was admirable how supporters behaved prior to, during and after the match.

It was not just about talk - the fans shared a meal in a show of solidarity. Gor fans were made to eat chicken, which is associated with AFC supporters. Leopards supporters ate fish, which has been associated with the lakeside club for years. And true to their word, the match ended peacefully despite Gor Mahia carrying the day 2-1.

This is the way things are supposed to be if we are to bring crowds back into the stadium. The two clubs command the largest following in the country and have the potential to make a lot more money than any other team in the league if they can focus squarely on football.

Quote of the day: "I did something good in my life. My mom and dad saw me run faster than any human, and that's it. Better than a gold medal." - Canadian Sprinter Ben Johnson won gold in the 100-metre dash at the Seoul Summer Olympics on September 24, 1988. He tested positive for steroids three days later and was stripped of the medal.

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