Defiant KPL turns down AFC Leopards' plea to postpone derby against Gor Mahia

Goal Kenya.
FKF had ordered KPL to quash the fixture to allow Harambee Stars honour the hurriedly assembled friendly matches

Kenyan Premier League has declined a request by AFC Leopards to have their home game against Gor Mahia postponed.

AFC Leopards are set to host K’Ogalo in the Mashemeji Derby on Saturday, but the much-anticipated clash has been marred with controversy with both KPL and FKF flexing their muscles in what is now turning out to be a battle of two bodies with inflated egos.

FKF had ordered KPL to quash the fixture to allow Harambee Stars honour the hurriedly assembled friendly matches against Swaziland and Equatorial Guinea on Friday and Monday respectively, but the league runners declined.

AFC Leopards, who all along had insisted that the match will go on, hit a u-turn on Wednesday, and asked KPL to postpone the match.

But KPL, who has since moved to the Sports Dispute Tribunal where they have sued FKF for interference, remained defiant that the match must be staged this weekend.

“We wish to inform you that your request to postpone the match doesn’t fall within the rules Governing Kenyan Football under clause 3.6 on postponement matches.

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“A request by clubs to postpone a match must be submitted in writing at least seven days before the scheduled kickoff except in emergency situations such as an accident in which three or more players are seriously injured or the death of a player or an official.

“As you are aware, the match has been scheduled since the league kicked-off. In addition, we received a request from AFC Leopards that the match must be played on May 26 from May 27 which was granted.

“Furthermore, the matter has been placed between the Sports Tribunal for adjudication as the directive of FKF contravenes the ruling of the same body dated January 10, 2017, and the FIFA rules on release of players on association teams,” said KPL CEO Jack Oguda in his reply obtained by Goal.

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