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FKF insists AFC Leopards v Gor Mahia derby must be shelved

12:40 GMT+3 21/05/2018
Gor Mahia fans during a past match
The FKF supremo said that Bukhungu is too small to host a high caliber game like the 'Mashemeji Derby'

The much-awaited 'Mashemeji Derby' between AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia still hangs in the balance after FKF insisted that it must be postponed.

The pronouncement is set to rub Kenyan Premier League on the wrong part as the league runners grapple with accumulated fixtures with barely four months to the end of the season.

“We are requesting FKF to shelve the derby and allow our new coach to gauge the players in the two friendly matches. The coach is now saying, if he doesn’t have the players he named to camp, then we rather call off the friendly matches for Kenya.

“We are very hopeful that a solution will be reached. The friendlies are good for the team and players and KPL must understand to shelve the derby,” said FKF President Nick Mwendwa.

Gor Mahia, who have four games at hand to play in the first leg, were set to be hosted at Bukhungu Stadium.

This would have been a first derby to be hosted at Bukhungu since the facelift done at the facility, but Mwendwa rubbished the idea of taking the derby to Kakamega, insisting that the game must be played at Kasarani.

FKF said that Harambee Stars coach Sebastian Migne had requested for the postponement of the derby to allow the national team take part in the two friendly matches against Equatorial Guinea and Swaziland.

Mwendwa on the other hand, insisted that the national team friendlies will not be called off and that the Derby must pave way for Harambee Stars matches.