KENYA Petroleum Refinery Company has closed its ground that has been hosting Division one matches for security reasons. KPRL management seem to have made the decision to temporarily close the arena commonly known as Refinery ground following the recent terrorist attack on the Westgate Mall.
Confirming the decision taken by the management, a source within the KPRL circles said the decision was a temporary measure and assured it will soon or later be reviewed. "There have been security alerts from the police ever since the Westgate Mall attack and the management thought it wise to ban soccer matches for they can provide a fertile ground for terror attacks," said the source.
The source who sought anonymity confirmed that closure of the field even as Modern Coast Rangers secretary, Ferdinand Ogot, said the club had been forced to seek alternative ground at the nearby St. Charles Lwanga to host the match against MOYAS this Saturday.
On Monday, Rangers players who reported to Refinery ground for training were turned away by the security personnel at the main gate and had to train at Bomu ground, a kilometre away from their usual venue.
"We understand this is a precautionary measure in a bid to ward off any potential attacks on East and Central Africa's largest Refinery Plant company and we have no objection," said Ogot.