The 2017 Kenya premier league is set to kickoff this coming weekend according to reports posted by Citizen sports. Gor Mahia are set to kick off their campaign on Sunday February 12 against Kakamega Homeboyz.
Confusion still surrounds the structure of the league. On January 26, Nick Mwendwa announced that he had agreed in principle with KPL leadership to create an 18 team league. On Wednesday he announced that Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth would be relegated for not meeting CAF licensing regulations while Vihiga United and KCB would be promoted. However the fixtures released by KPL are for a 16 team league with only Nzoia United and Kariobangi Sharks being promoted. The other teams promoted by FKF (Zoo Kericho and Nakumatt) have also been excluded. Meanwhile Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka are included in the fixtures.
In a press release from KPL, KPL CEO Jack Oguda stated that the fixtures can only be reviewed and amended ‘if and when the league is expanded to 18’.
“Today the KPL Governing Council met and unanimously adopted this statement and agreed to support, and also enjoin KPL in, an immediate and urgent petition by Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka against their irregular and dubious ‘relegation’.
“We also agreed to appeal to the relevant authorities and judicial bodies all previous and future FKF decisions which violate FIFA principles/regulations and the FKF-KPL Agreement,” read part of the statement.
Updated KPL Fixtures and Venues
February 11 – Bandari v Kariobangi Sharks (Mbaraki Sports Club, 3pm), Chemelil Sugar v SoNy Sugar (Chemelil Stadium, 3pm), Kakamega Homeboyz v Gor Mahia (Mumias Sugar Sports Complex, 3pm)
February 12 – Mathare United v Thika United (Kasarani, 2pm), AFC Leopards v Nzoia United (Kasarani, 4.15pm), Western Stima v Muhoroni Youth (Moi Stadium, 3pm)
February 15 – Sofapaka v Ulinzi Stars (Nyayo Stadium, 3pm), Tusker v Posta Rangers (Kinoru, 3pm)