Oliech faults KPL over Sony v Gor Mahia decision

The Kenya striker says it was wrong for the premier body to order for a replay of the aborted tie and should have instead, awarded points to Gor Mahia
Harambee Stars striker Dennis Oliech has faulted Kenya Premier League over decision they took on the aborted league fixture involving Sony Sugar and Gor Mahia.

Oliech says it was wrong for KPL to order for a replay and should have awarded the match to Gor Mahia.

“The decision was not in line with any football rule. It is very clear who caused the abandonment and action should have been taken against them. KPL has set a very bad precedent because teams will now cause abandonments hoping that their matches can be replayed,” Oliech told Goal.

He said KPL has done a great job with the local league but their recent action can be viewed as retrogressive.

“Those days when teams could cause abandonments and get away with it are long gone and KPL should know better. We are in a new era of professionalism which provides for better ways to handle grievances.”

In ordering for the replay, the premier body argued that no team was responsible for the chaos that erupted in Awendo with the match tied at 2-2.

 “In accordance to the Rules of Kenyan Football, Rule 3.4 on Responsibilities of clubs and Rule 3.7 on abandoned matches, the match reports exonerate both teams from causing the abandonment,” said a statement signed by KPL CEO Jack Oguda.

“However, the match reports do confirm that the players were ready to resume play but due to the collapsed perimeter fence which enabled so many spectators of both sides inside the playing area, posing serious security risk to the playing units, match officials and technical benches, the match officials resolved to call off the match.

“We therefore, order for a replay of the entire match to be played at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 starting at 3:00pm and KPL will take control of match arrangements.”