In Summary
  • The stewards felt it was not right and insisted they needed to be incorporated as the bouncers were outsiders.
  • “Again she came with stewards from Nairobi, how do you come with stewards from Nairobi while you have some in Kisumu you have been working with since 2015? Why create such tensions?”

In my column last week, I railed at Kisumu football fans and the hanky panky that goes on at the Moi Stadium whenever Gor Mahia have a match there.

The article was largely informed by the events that took place there when we played Tusker and an exclusive interview I had with the club chairman Ambrose Rachier two days earlier.

Match day reports talked of hoodlums causing chaos at the entry and in the process letting in many without paying a single coin.

Adding to these woes was the chairman’s lamentations over the huge amounts - over Sh500,000 per match - and yet get almost peanuts in return.

My piece rubbed the Kisumu fans the wrong way and they accused me of being part of a sinister scheme to tar the good name of the town’s supporters.

In the tradition of right of reply today let me get the Kisumu guys — led by one George Odhiambo — to tell their side of the story.

First, the fans accuse the club of allowing third parties to sell chairs at the Kisumu VIP section on match days, stating that there was no way the club could charge Sh500 for the area and not provide chairs.

This, they believe, was deliberately done to create a demand hence the selling of chairs.

The same situation does not obtain when other clubs like Western Stima host Gor there, and the seats come as a package with your ticket.

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