No KPL midweek action in elections upshot


Gor Mahia FC striker Jacques Tuyisenge (L) tackle Muhoroni Youth FC goalkeeper Farouk Shikalo Miya ...
Gor Mahia FC striker Jacques Tuyisenge (L) tackle Muhoroni Youth FC goalkeeper Farouk Shikalo Miya during their KPL Top 8 Knockout tournament final match at the Nyayo national stadium on October 16, 2016. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

Round 21 of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) matches that was set for Tuesday kick-off has been postponed due to the political state in the country, following the August 8 general elections.

The announcement by the KPL Limited comes a week after postponement of the round 20 fixtures, to allow football stakeholders to participate in the polls.

An official statement released by KPL C.E.O Jack Oguda, explains most clubs have not been able to reassemble for training, hence the move to push forward the matches.

“This decision has been made in light of the political situation of the country at the moment. It has been difficult for players and technical staff to report back to their clubs for the purpose of meaningful training and preparation to honor the matches,” read Oguda’s statement.

He however gave an assurance that matches will continue as planned in the coming weekends. The new dates according to the KPL C.E.O will be communicated by close of business Monday 14.

“Round 20 matches which had been rescheduled to the weekend of 19-20 August will however go on as planned. We urge clubs to prepare well as the situation continues to be monitored,” advised Oguda.

A total of nine matches affecting all clubs in the topflight are affected, eight of which were slated for Wednesday.

-Gor on the summit-

Before the break, 15-time champions Gor Mahia were on the summit with 37 points after 18 outings, four ahead of second placed Posta Rangers who have played 19 times. Defending champions Tusker FC, Sofapaka FC and Bandari close the top five chart with 32, 31 and 21 points respectively.

Muhoroni Youth, Mathare United and Thika United are at the other end of the spectrum, at 18th, 17th, and 16th.

Postponed matches

Tuesday August 15

Mathare United v AFC Leopards

Wednesday August 16

Posta Rangers v Thika United

Gor Mahia v Sofapaka

Nakumatt v Muhoroni Youth

Tusker v Kariobangi Sharks

Nzoia Sugar v Chemelil Sugar

SoNy Sugar v Ulinzi Stars

Western Stima v Bandari

Zoo v Kakamega Homeboyz

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