A disappointed KPL issues statement on Ulinzi Vs Mt Kenya United match postponement

The match officials leave the pitch at Afraha stadium in Nakuru on May 29,2019 after Ulinzi were given a walk over against Mount Kenya United who arrived late for their SportPesa Premier League match. PHOTO | JOHN NJOROGE |

After financially troubled and relegated side arrived for the match more than one and half hour after kick-off causing a misunderstanding and arriving with the wrong kit KPL has issued a statement rescheduling the match for Sunday.

The match officials for the Ulinzi vs relegated side Mt Kenya United, led by centre referee Anthony Ogwayo and his two assistants Ann Njambi and Elizabeth Njoroge stood firm and said they would not start the match until Mt Kenya change their uniforms.

Sensing a walk over, Mt Kenya United hurriedly mobilised their officials and borrowed a blue uniform from a local club.

The statement read:

Kenyan Premier League regrets the unfortunate events that led to the SPL 2018-19 Round 34 match between Ulinzi Stars FC and Mount Kenya United FC not being played today at the Afraha Stadium, Nakuru.

As every effort was being made to ensure that match is played under prescribed conditions; the match officials called off the match after a misunderstanding, left the match venue, and it was not possible to get them to return and have the match played.

Since both teams were at the match venue and were ready to play, a decision has been made to reschedule the match to Sunday, June 02, 2019 at the same venue (Afraha Stadium), kick off 3:00 PM.

However, Ulinzi Stars players, who performed below par in the league, consoled themselves by celebrating top scorer Enosh Ochieng who scored 16 goals to his credit by awarding him a portrait and taking selfies at the centre of the pitch.

“I feel honoured and I promise to work hard next season and win the golden boot which has eluded me by a whisker,” said Ochieng, who was accompanied by his wife Emma Awuor and their two children.


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