KPL declines AFC Leopards’ derby postponement request
AFC Leopards request to have Mashemeji derby postponed has been declined by KPL
AFC Leopards, the host team for the Mashemeji derby against their arch-rivals Gor Mahia set for Saturday 26th May, 2018 will have to proceed with preparations for the match after the Kenyan Premier League declined their request to postpone the match.
AFC Leopards Chairman Dan Mulee had requested KPL to postpone the match as security details for the match had not been finalized, a big issue for such a derby to be hosted at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County.
In a response letter signed by KPl CEO Jack Oguda, AFC Leopards failed to submit their request on time as stipulated in the laws governing football in the country.
The response letter by Oguda read;
“We wish to inform you that your request to postpone the match does not fall within the Rules Governing Kenyan Football under clause 3.6 on Postponement of Matches which states that;
"A request by a club 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 recent death of a player or club official"
"As you are aware the match has been on schedule since the League kicked off on January 28,2018 and in addition we received a request from AFC Leopards that the match be played on May 26,2018 from May 27,2018 which was granted .Last Friday May 18, 2018 together with your Club officials attended a pre event meeting for the arrangement of the said match.
“Furthermore as you are aware of the exchanged communication between KPL, and FKF, the matter has been placed before the Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT) for adjudication as the directive of FKF contravenes the Ruling of the same body dated January 10,2017 and the FIFA rule on Release of players to association teams.
“Your request for postponement is therefore not granted.”
FKF had on Monday said the derby will not go on with both Gor and AFC players making a huge percentage of the national team which is set to play two friendly games against Swaziland and Equatorial Guinea on Friday and Monday respectively.
AFC Leopards through its Secretary General went on to state that the game on Saturday in Kakamega will go on and they will not release their players for ‘funny friendlies’ sparking fury with the federation. However, a quick check at Stars camp confirmed AFC Leopards players were present in Tuesday training.
The fate of the match now rests on the Sports Dispute Tribunal ruling expected for later today.