AFC Leopards’ to play Tusker in Meru

Ingwe have softened their earlier stand and have agreed to honour the final against Tusker to be played on Sunday at Kinoru Municipal Stadium

AFC Leopards’ have decided to honour their Kenyan Premier League Top 8 final against Tusker in Kinoru Stadium on Sunday.

Ingwe secretary general George Aladwa has confirmed to Goal that they will honour the final but will play under protest.

“AFC Leopards’ will travel on Sunday to Meru for KPL Top 8 final but under protest and for the good of the game. We call upon fans to turn out in large numbers and cheer the team to victory."

AFC Leopards had threatened to forfeit the final after Aladwa claimed KPL had errored to take the match to Meru – homegfround for finalist Tusker.

"As a club we have made the decision not to travel to Meru. We want the final to be played in Nairobi and this is our stand. We want to play in a neutral venue so that no team has an advantage. We rather take this opportunity to ask Kenyan Premier League to award trophy to Tusker.

“We have several venues in Nairobi town that can host a final of such magnitude and we are wondering why KPL picked on Kinoru Stadium. We have no business in Meru and we stand by our statement. We are ready to let Tusker be crowned champions.”

However, KPL maintained their stand and vowed to fine Ingwe Sh1 million if they failed to honour match and allow losing semi-finalist KCB to face Tusker in final.

“Leopards have until end of business on Thursday to confirm participation. Failure to do that, they will be fined Sh1million which they cannot appeal against and must pay and since our rules do not allow for a no show, KCB will be allowed to feature in final against,” KPL’s Public Relations and Marketing Officer told Goal on Thursday.

"This tournament is supposed to help us raise money for our KPL U-19 tournament but ever since we started, we have never broken even. Meru government is picking bills for final and we have an opportunity to make a profit.”