FKF sets tough rules for Muhoroni Youth following incessant uproar

19th April 2024

FKF noted that it received numerous complaints against Muhoroni Youth regarding how they handle opponents in their backyard.

Muhoroni Youth chairman Moses Adagala in a past match. PHOTO| Vincent Ooro
Muhoroni Youth chairman Moses Adagala in a past match. PHOTO| Vincent Ooro
  • Muhoroni Youth have been accused of denying pitch access to visiting teams immediately after pre-match meetings.
  • There have also been complaints of harassment of media teams and journalists by Muhoroni Youth FC security personnel.
  • FKF noted that Muhoroni Youth have to comply or face further sanctions.

Following a series of complaints raised by football stakeholders in the country, the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has decided to impose sanctions on Muhoroni Youth.

In a notice issued by CEO Barry Otieno, FKF noted that it received numerous complaints against Muhoroni Youth which include denial of access to the pitch for visiting teams, maltreatment of visiting team officials and players, intentional delay of match kick-offs, and harassment of media teams and journalists by Muhoroni Youth security personnel.

"These reports have raised significant concerns regarding harassment, facility conditions and safety, that cannot be overlooked," Barry stated in a notice addressed to Muhoroni Youth FC CEO Julius Owino.

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Among those who raised issues was Nairobi City Stars goalkeeper Edwin Mukolwe, who accused Muhoroni Youth of barring his side's media team from recording the game. He also raised concerns over unfair officiating in a match where Simba wa Nairobi lost 0-2.

Responding to the raised concerns, FKF has issued strict directives that Muhoroni Youth must adhere to to host their next FKF Premier League matches, failure to which FKF threatened to institute further sanctions.

Here are the Strict Directives

Media Safety and Access: Muhoroni Youth FC must ensure free entry and guarantee the safety of all media personnel, whether from the visiting team, FKF, or any media houses.

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Match Recording: Away teams shall be permitted to record all matches at Muhoroni Stadium for analysis purposes. Muhoroni Youth FC must guarantee their safety and security. Kick-off Timeliness: No delays in match kick-offs shall be tolerated.

Pitch Access: Access to the pitch must be granted to visiting teams, media, and match official immediately after the pre-match meeting without restriction.

Facility Renovation: Muhoroni  FC is required to renovate all essential amenities, Including restrooms and dressing rooms, to a satisfactory standard and provide FKF with proof of these improvements before hosting the next match.

Public Address System Placement: The Public Address system must be positioned away from both teams technical areas to avoid disruption. Security Management: The inner perimeter gate accessing the pitch must be manned by uniformed police officers, not stewards.

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Match Commissioner Instructions: Match commissioners are instructed not to allow the kick-off of any match at Muhoroni Stadium if any of the above conditions have not been met.

"Please be advised that failure to adhere to these conditions will result in the matter being referred to the relevant FKF Committees for further determination, which may include sanctions and additional requirements.

The FKF is committed to ensuring a safe, fair, and conducive environment for all teams, officials, and media personnel participating in the Premier League.

We trust that Muhoroni Youth FC will take immediate steps to address these concerns and comply with the conditions set forth," the notice from FKF pointed out.

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