KPL to FKF again! AFC Leopards will play Gor Mahia on Saturday

Goal Kenya.
KPL CEO Oguda said that clubs are obliged to release players only for Fifa coordinated matches

The Kenyan Premier League has turned down a request by Football Kenya Federation to postpone Saturday’s clash between AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia.

FKF boss Nick Mwendwa had directed KPL to call off the match to pave way for planned Harambee Stars friendly matches against Swaziland and Equatorial Guinea on Friday and Monday.

But a defiant KPL responded, saying that they cannot postpone a league match for a game outside Fifa calendar.

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“The league, as directed by Caf, is supposed to end in October, which has left the clubs having congested fixtures.

"We are unable to postpone further any league matches to accommodate matches outside Fifa coordinated international calendar,” KPL said in a statement obtained by Goal.

Host AFC Leopards had threatened to recall back six of their players named in the Harambee Stars squad for the planned friendlies, with Ingwe insisting that the derby will go on as planned.

KPL CEO Oguda reiterated AFC Leopards stand, adding that clubs are obliged to release their players only for Fifa coordinated matches.

“KPL club that wishes to release their players will entirely do so on a voluntary basis and have the right to require them to report back to their clubs at any time.”