The Star (Nairobi)

15 November 2012

Kenya: Magelo Voices Security Concerns Over FKF Cup Tie Against Gor

AFC Leopards have agreed to play their FKF Cup semi-final against Gor Mahia on Saturday at Kasarani on condition elaborate security will be availed.

Chairman Alex Ole Magelo said they have raised concerns over security in decisive matches in the past but alleges Football Kenya Federation had done nothing over the same.

Magelo was speaking at the FKF secretariat at Nyayo Stadium after attending a security meeting convened by FKF involving both Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards officials.

He said if he will sense any lapse of security on Saturday, he will withdraw his team from the match. "Security has to be beefed up in and out of the stadium for the safety of players, officials and fans. We would not want a situation where a life is lost or somebody is maimed," he said

In a rejoinder, however, Nyamweya assured Leopards there will be elaborate security and there is no cause for alarm. "We had a long meeting with both clubs' officials. I do assure fans there will be enough security on the ground to curb any breach of peace".

Magelo said he was impressed by his team's performance in the just ended League. "I'm proud of my team's performance. It was a nail-biting finish where the winner was decided on the last day and my team was in title contention. I thank the entire team including the technical bench for the good combined effort, and our fans who came in large numbers to cheer the team. It was indeed a great show," Magelo said.

He said the Leopards management has faith in coach Jan Koops despite the team's failure to win the Premier League title. "Everyone is talking about how the team squandered a chance of winning the cup after leading for a lengthy part of the season. A third position is not bad considering the team was in an odd placing when Koops took over the coaching reins. For this reason he is still the head coach and we will give him a free hand to sign the players he needs to bolster the team next season," he said.

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