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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Action shelved

Willis Ouma (L) of Sofapaka vies for the ball with Farouk Mudoola of Muhoroni Youth /COURTESY
Willis Ouma (L) of Sofapaka vies for the ball with Farouk Mudoola of Muhoroni Youth /COURTESY

Kenyan Premier League round of 20 matches earlier slated for this weekend have been postponed due to poor preps brought up by the General Elections.

Nine matches were set to played at different venues across the country as the search for the 2017 SportPesa League entered its round of 20.

The governing body, Kenya Premier League, rescheduled the duels following consultations with Premier League clubs bosses, who unanimously agreed to procrastinate their clashes.

In a letter, KPL cited inadequate time to train and elections as the key reason behind the changes. Part of the letter read: “Following consultations with chairmen of SportPesa Premier League Clubs, the 2017 SportPesa Premier League season Round of 20 matches have been postponed. This is due to clubs’ lack of ample time to prepare and train for the matches as members of their technical staff and players had travelled to various parts of the country to vote during the General Elections which were held on Tuesday. SportPesa Premier League matches will resume on Wednesday, next week with Round 21 matches.

The six of the nine matches affected by the move have earned new dates. Chemelil Sugar will host Posta Rangers August 19th while 2009 champions Sofapaka will lock horns with league newbies Nakumatt on 20th. On the same day, Thika United play Nzoia Sugar as Mathare United entertain Zoo Kericho.

Football heavyweights Ulinzi Stars and Gor Mahia will renew their rivalry on September 20th while Muhoroni Youth and Western Stima will play on September 27th.

Defending champions Tusker, Bandari, kakamega Homeboyz, Sony Sugar, Kariobangi Sharks and AFC Leopards will have to wait for their GOtv quarter-finals matches which will played on August 19 and 20. It is after the shield matches that KPL will determine new dates for their postponed matches.

Meanwhile, Lubinu Rangers battled to 1-1 draw with Green Commandos in fiercely contested Division One match on Sunday at Kakamega High School.

Hosts were using the match to prepare for the East Africa Secondary School Games set for Gulu Uganda next week.

Kakamega were rewarded with an own goal barely a quarter hour into the match with a deflected effort by Alfa Onyongo. The students had the opportunity to double lead five minute later after Henry Ogul fluffed a golden opportunity after being put through by Onyango with the goal keeper already beaten.

However three minutes to the break, Rangers levelled the terms through Dennis Eshitemi.

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