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Kenya Premier League (KPL) have on Wednesday dismissed an appeal lodged by Ulinzi Stars demanding to be awarded their Top 8 fixture against Gor Mahia

By Otieno Otieno

Kenya Premier League (KPL) has rejected Ulinzi Stars appeal to be awarded their KPL Top 8 match against Gor Mahia.

The soldiers had appealed demanding to be awarded the fixture they lost 4-2 on penalties to Gor Mahia at Nyayo Stadium alleging that their opponents had fielded four foreign players which is against the law.

A statement from KPL signed by CEO Jack Oguda and copied to both Gor Mahia and Ulinzi Stars stated that the latter had not protested to the match official on the alleged fielding of the four players as required in Rule 3.5 on Match Arrangement (i) Pre-Match Protests.

'Any protest by a club must be made and attached to the match report before the kick-off. The protest must be signed by the Team Manager or Coach of ...both clubs."

"A club official who refuses to sign a protest will be suspended for at least the next two consecutive matches and face other disciplinary action. Pursuant to the above, the results of the said match stands as 4-2 in favour of Gor Mahia FC as recorded in the match reports," added the statement.

Ulinzi had complained the fielding of Ugandan trio Ivan Anguyo, Israel Emuge, Dan Sserunkuma and Tanzanian goalkeeper Ivo Mapunda.

On Wednesday, Football Kenya Federation also waded into the matter and demanded that they be furnished with the rules of the tournament.

“We demand that the KPL gives us the rules of the tournament because we cannot allow them to run a competition without rules,” said Kenya  FA President Sam Nyamweya.

Gor Mahia will now face the winner between Tusker FC and Mathare United in the semi-finals of the Top 8 tournament and are now on course to defending the title.