Nyayo Stadium to host Gor, Leopards clash


AFC Leopards SC striker Marcelus Ingotsi (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Wazito FC ...
AFC Leopards SC striker Marcelus Ingotsi (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Wazito FC during their quarter finals match played at Nyayo national stadium in Nairobi on August 20, 2017. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

The second leg of the Mashemeji Derby whose venue has been subject to debate has been reverted to its original venue, the Nyayo National Stadium.

The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) management made the announcement on Wednesday morning following a successful meeting between officials of Gor Mahia FC and the facility management.

Amid the earlier uncertainty, the match stakeholders were scrambling to secure the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani as an alternative venue but the confirmation now means record KPL champions will now take on archrivals AFC Leopards on Sunday at 3:00pm (EAT).

“We had earlier received communication from Nyayo that their facility will not be available as it will be closed to allow for its renovation in preparation for hosting matches during the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

“We regret and apologise for the inconvenience this latest development has caused to all stakeholders who were making preparations based on the Nairobi Derby being played at Kasarani,” a communiqué from the league management read.

Attempts to secure the Kasarani Stadium had been unsuccessful as the venue is being prepared for presidential inauguration of the President-elect.

There will be a pre-event meeting which will be held at the venue on Thursday at 10:00am (EAT) during which security arrangements for the Derby will be discussed.

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