“Mashemeji Derby “called off over security concerns.

“Mashemeji Derby “called off over security concerns.

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The much awaited Mashemeji Derby pitting SportsPesa Premier League runaway champions Gor Mahia and arch rivals AFC Leopards staged at Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday evening had to be called off in the second half due to security concern after rowdy fans invaded the field.

The match was proceeding well until the 65th minute when referee Rafael Nduati awarded Gor Mahia a penalty after AFC Leopards skipper Jackson Saleh handled the ball in the box when trying to clear Abouba Sibomana’s cross.

Seconds before the penalty was taken, a section of Leopards fans started throwing objects into the field,  a move that forced the match officials to run for their safety.

With police efforts to contain the situation turning futile, Match Commissioner Paul Kaunda opted to call off the match.

This is the second time this season that AFC Leopards fans has caused trouble, after the same act happened in their encounter against Thika United in the first half of the season at Thika Stadium.