The 2017 Kenyan Premier League is set to kick-off on March 11, Goal can reveal.
The top tier has been facing issues from beginning of the month, following the impasse involving Football Kenya Federation and Kenyan Premier League Limited. However, it is all clear as KPL CEO Jack Oguda has finally confirmed news that fans will be glad to hear.
Oguda said they will first prepare a fixture of 16 teams awaiting the ruling filed by Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka. Should the two win, then the league will have 18 teams. “The league will officially kick-off next week, that is on March 11 (Saturday), and fixtures for 16 teams will be released tomorrow (Friday)," Oguda exclusively told Goal.
Kenyan league was earlier scheduled to kick-off on February 6 but it was delayed after the two bodies disagreed on the number of teams to take part. While FKF were advocating for an 18-team league, KPL maintained their stand on having 16 teams.
The scuffle further intensified when Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka were relegated by FKF for failing to comply with Caf Licensing rule, development which was opposed by KPL and the respective teams leading to court battles.
With Vihiga United and KCB being put on standby awaiting ruling from Sports Tribunal, KPL was ordered to release season’s fixtures and Oguda’s announcement just confirms that the long wait is now over!