AFC Leopards' awarded match against Sony Sugar

According to a statement obtained by Goal signed by KPL CEO AFC Leopards will gain three points and a 2-0 victory after sugar millers failed to show up

Kenyan Premier League has officially awarded AFC Leopards’ match against Sony Sugar that aborted at Afraha Stadium on August 6 after the latter failed to show up.

According to a statement obtained by Goal signed by KPL CEO Jack Oguda, AFC Leopards will now gain three points and a 2-0 victory. Ingwe now move to position nine on the log with 26 points from 20 matches.

The statement read in part, “Kenyan Premier League on August 7, 2014, made a determination of fixture No. 158 in accordance with Rule 3.5 on Start of Matches of Kenyan football and thereby awarded the match and three (3) points and further awarded two (2) goals to nil (0) in favour of AFC Leopards. This fixture was scheduled for August 6, 2014, at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru County.

"The designated home team for this fixture was Sony Sugar whose first choice home ground is Awendo Green Stadium while their second choice home ground is Moi Stadium, Kisumu.

"In as far as first home ground is concerned, the 2014 Stadia Safety and Security Committee (SSSC) report recommended that Awendo Stadium’s only exception for hosting a high risk match was in the event of a mid-week match. However, such mid-week matches would only be allowed if a detailed security plan was presented and number of tickets not exceeding the stadia capacity printed.

"KPL in its wisdom, applied this consideration when agreeing to have match 158 hosted at Awendo Green Stadium. However, following a directive by Football Kenya Federation on July 31, 2014, barring Awendo from hosting high risk matches, KPL being an affiliate body of FKF, complied with the directive by communicating the same to both Sony Sugar and AFC Leopards on August 1, 2014. This communication required Sony Sugar to seek an alternative venue for this fixture.

"The second home ground, Moi Stadium, Kisumu, has been given a clean bill of health by SSSC to host only low risk KPL matches and therefore, was not an option."

The letter added, "Sony Sugar did not nominate an alternative ground by August 4, 2014, which prompted league body to nominate Afraha Stadium in accordance with GC (Governing Council) resolution 2010 that states: “The Home Clubs must nominate two home grounds, for which they are responsible for procuring for matches.

"Failure to procure one of these for games will result in the League setting a venue and League’s decision shall be final and binding”. This was communicated to both parties on the same day.

Therefore, the failure by Sony Sugar to honour this fixture at the nominated venue necessitated match officials to grant a walk over and consequently award points to AFC Leopards."