Ulinzi Stars want KPL to overturn Gor Mahia victory

The soldiers' have filed a protest demanding they be awarded the Top 8 match since K'ogalo fielded four foreign players and KPL rules dictates that only three can play
By Otieno Otieno

Ulinzi Stars have petitioned Kenya Premier League (KPL) demanding to be awarded their Top 8 match which they lost to Gor Mahia 4-2 on post-match penalties.

The former league champions have already put in an appeal to the league company citing an irregularity by their opponents.

Ulinzi's claim points out the fact that Gor Mahia fielded four foreign players on that particular day while the rule says only three can be fielded in any particular match.

On that day, Gor Mahia fielded goalkeeper Ivo Mapunda (Tanzanian) and three Ugandans Dan Sserunkuma, Israel Emuge and Ivan Anguyo.

"This was clearly against the KPL policy and we are demanding to be awarded the match," Ulinzi Chief Executive Officer Joel Birgen told Goal.com.

Birgen said they had filed their protest on the day of the match and the match commissioner took note.

Gor Mahia vice-chairman David Kilo said the rule cited by Ulinzi only applies to KPL matches and not tournaments.

"It is the same like the KPL Charity Cup where we were allowed to make as many as six substitutions. Their argument does not hold water."