Chaos mars Thika, AFC game
The Thika Municipal Stadium was on Saturday turned into a battle field as police officers engaged AFC Leopards yobs in running battles as their team lost 1-0 to hosts Thika United in a tension filled match.
Teargas fumes filled the air as the players had to be attended to in the ensuing melee that neither spared the journalists nor the ball boys.
Until things degenerated to the ugly scenes, the absorbing duel had otherwise lived to its billing with Thika’s upcoming forward Ray Omondi scoring a contender for goal of the season in the 39th minute.
It was then that Leopards fans began pelting the Thika bench with missiles protesting that the goal had been scored from an offside position forcing the first stoppage of the match even with TV replays showing otherwise.
Calm was however restored and when play resumed in the second half everything went on normally until the 82nd minute Leopards fans yet again disrupted the match although the match would later play itself out to a conclusive end.
This was Leopards first match in the second round of matches, but seemingly, their problems are far from over.
Coach Zdravko Logarusic could not raise 18 players needed for the match and just like in the last match against Sofapaka he had to do with just three reserve players in Emmanuel Ngama, Ali Kesi and Dennis Dodi.
Chemelil Sugar 1 Gor Mahia4
Sofapaka 1 Western Stima 0
City Stars 1 Muhoroni Youth 2
Ushuru 1 Sony Sugar 0
KCB 0 Bandari 1
Thika United 1 AFC Leopards 0