africa cup of nations

Kenya Fans Riot in Nairobi After Controversial Goal Call, Stop Play for Thirty Minutes

Police fired tear gas into the stands in Nairobi.

by Liam Daniel Pierce
29 March 2016, 9:01am

Matemera awarded goal to Guinea Bissau, Kenya saying NO. Match stopped due to security reasons pic.twitter.com/CA6GlocMsu
— Larry Moyo (@larry_moyo) March 27, 2016

Police fired tear gas into the stands in Nairobi after officials awarded a controversial goal to Guinea Bissau over Kenya, the Associated Press reports. Kenya could possibly face sanctions after fans threw projectiles – including stones – onto the Guinea Bissau bench after Zimbabwean official Norman Matemela claimed that the ball had fully crossed the line, putting Guinea Bissau up 1-0. Kenya fans, on the other hand, felt differently. Very differently.

The game was far from a friendly, aside from riotous reasons – it was an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, and Kenya's loss on the books put them in a difficult situation for advancing to next year's tournament. The incident took place in the 81st minute, and stopped play for a full 30 minutes. The game closed out with a Guinea Bissau win, and will be under review by officials. A good enough reason for worldwide goal line technology if I've ever seen one.

[h/t @larry_moyo]