KPL CEO Jack Oguda reveals that none of the teams have been blamed for the abandonment and states that it will be played again but not in Awendo
By Otieno Otieno
Kenya Premier League (KPL) has ordered for the replay of Sony Sugar verses Gor Mahia match that was abandoned in Awendo Green Stadium last Sunday.
According to KPL Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jack Oguda, none of the teams is to blame for the abandonment as per the referees' report.
“We have received the report from match officials and they are not blaming any party for the abandonment. As a result we have no choice but to order for a replay whose date will be announced soon,” Oguda told Goal.
Oguda was also categorical that the match will not be played at Awendo Stadium. “Sony will have to give us an alternative venue for the match before we can make a decision to allow it to go on.”
The match was called off in 85th minute after Sony Sugar players hotly disputed Gor Mahia’s equalizer courtesy of defender David ‘Calabar’ Owino.
The thunderous shot, which hit the crossbar and bounced in and out of the goal area, was allowed to stand by referee Nasur Doka, forcing Sony Sugar fans to invade the pitch protesting at the decision.
After the invasion, it was agreed that the match could not go on with players' security at risk. Gor Mahia will remain at the top of the log with 41 points, five adrift Sofapaka and Thika United, who lie second and third respectively after collecting 35 points apiece.