All set for Kenyan Premier league play-off

Thursday, August 4th, 2022 08:03 | By
Christopher Ochieng of Tusker FC (L) battles for the ball against Johnstone Omurwa of Wazito FC during their FKF-PL match held at Utalii grounds yesterday. PHOTO/Rodgers Ndegwa

After a protracted uncertainty over the kick-off of the National Super League (NSL) playoffs, the action starts today with the first leg match between Wazito and Murang’a Seal at the Thika Stadium.

Before the announcement, there was a stand-off between Sports Disputes Tribunal and FKF Caretaker Committee in wake of complaints by aggrieved clubs before the two reached to a common ground.

The return leg between moneybags Wazito and Seal will be held at the former’s backyard at St. Sebastian Park in Murang’a next Sunday.

There has been confusion ever since Muhoroni Youth petitioned the SDT to stop the league until a case that was heard and determined.

The bone of contention was points awarded to teams following the withdrawal of Zoo FC and Dandora Love FC from the League before its completion.

SDT had upheld the decision of the Transition Committee thus allowing for the matches to proceed as planned.

Wazito and Seal are expected to show up for the highly anticipated duel although the former are at high disadvantage following an exodus of most of their key players during the off-season due to financial challenges.

A letter seen by People Sport dated August 1 and which was signed by the FKF-Transition Committee Head of Secretariat Lindah Oguttu stated; “Reference is made to the ruling by the Sports Dispute Tribunal allowing the Playoffs to proceed. In this regard, we wish to inform you that the play-off matches have been rescheduled as follows; First Leg: Wazito FC vs Murang’a Seal FC-Thursday, August 4,2022 and Second Leg: Murang’a Seal vs Wazito-Sunday, August 7,2022.Both matches will kick off at 3pm.”

At close of the respective seasons, Wazito FC finished the 2021/22 FKF-Premier League season in a disappointing 16h place with 34 points. The team won a paltry nine matches out of 34 matches and lost a staggering 18 and drew 17 times.

As for Muran’ga Seal, they finished the campaign third on 65 points in what was one of the best comebacks in years following a poor start.

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