Kenyan soccer body to investigate gun drama at local league match

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-17 22:28:05|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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NAIROBI, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Limited on Monday launched investigations into an incident where a fan (said to be a law enforcement officer) pulled out a gun in a domestic match between Bandari FC and Zoo Kericho FC on Sunday.

The culprit is accused of rushing towards the Bandari players with a pistol after the final whistle in a game where home side Zoo scored a 90th minute equalizer to force a 1-1 draw in their league encounter at Kericho Green Stadium.

In a statement, KPL said they would write to the Inspector General of the Kenya Police Service to look into the matter.

"As we proceed with our review of the circumstances which led to the occurrence of this regrettably sad incident, we assure stakeholders and the general public that we remain steadfast in ensuring safety and security of players, match officials, technical bench officials, and match-going fans during matches played in various venues across the country," KPL said.

"KPL will verify the facts of the incident and apply the relevant rules firmly and fairly in order to preserve the integrity of the game," the domestic top-flight league management added.

During the match played in Kericho, a town located 199km from the Kenyan capital Nairobi, Yema Mwana struck the opener for second-placed Bandari in the 22nd minute after a perfect cross from the impressive Abdallah Hassan.

Last season's league Most Valuable Player, Mike Madoya, notched the equalizer in the 90th minute for a share of the spoils in a result that left the home side 13th on the log.

The gun drama ensued shortly after the final whistle with Bandari players said to be shaken by the incident.