All systems go as Premier and Super Leagues clubs return to action

AFC Leopards SC players celebrate scoring against Bandari FC during their FKF-Premier League match at Thika Municipal Stadium, Kiambu County. July 9, 2021. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

It is all systems go as FKF Caretaker Committee gives a greenlight to the resumption of the Kenyan Premier League and National Super League action starting Saturday.

The Committee, which was installed following the disbandment of the troubled Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has announced it will provide logistical support of Sh250, 000 for each of the 20 clubs in the second-tier National Super League and Sh300,000 for the top-tier Kenyan Premier League.

Citing the effects Covid-19 pandemic and closure of FKF accounts amid an investigation into financial impropriety at the football body, the clubs had requested the Government to help them bridge the shortfall.

On Thursday, FKF Caretaker Committee chairman Justice Aaron Ringera (Rtd) announced they will provide partial logistical support.

"We received your requests for funding from FKF Caretaker Committee to help with some logistics of resumption of league fixtures. We note, however, that because of the limited resources available at this moment in time, for a start the FKF Caretaker Committee has agreed that it will provide Sh300,000 for each of the Premier League Clubs and Sh250,000 for each of the the National Super League football clubs," Justice Ringera said in the statement to clubs.

The amounts offered by Ringera's committee to the teams are way below the Sh2 million grant each of the teams had requested to enable them to prepare for the league matches this weekend.

The NSL clubs were initially promised Sh750,000 from Betika sponsorship negotiated by the disbanded FKF, which was later reduced Sh300,000. At the time also, Premier League clubs were receiving Sh833, 000 from StarTimes deal before it was reduced to Sh400,000. 

StarTimes have since terminated the deal with the disbanded FKF.

Justice Ringera informed the clubs that any review of changes to the Committee's offer would be communicated "in the near future when necessary". 

According to the Kenyan Premier League fixtures released, Bidco United will face off with AFC Leopards at Thika stadium on Saturday starting from 3pm while Kariobangi Sharks will face Nairobi City Stars at Ruaraka Grounds.

Nzoia Sugar will welcome Kakamega Homeboyz at Sudi Stadium with Ulinzi facing Wazito at Kasarani Stadium.

Mathare United will play newly promoted FC Talanta at Kasarani while Kenya Police will be up against 2009 champions Sofapaka.

On Sunday, last season’s runners up KCB will host Vihiga Bullets at Utalii grounds.

Matches involving Gor Mahia (versus Posta Rangers) and Tusker (versus Bandari) have been postponed as both K'Ogalo and the brewers will be involved in Caf Confederation. 

Kenya Premier League Round 10

Saturday 04/12/2021                                                                            Grounds

15:00     Bidco United v AFC Leopards                                                  Thika

15:00     Nairobi City Stars v Kariobangi Sharks                                    Ruaraka

15:00     Nzoia Sugar v Homeboyz                                                        Sudi

15:00     Wazito v Ulinzi Stars                                                                Kasarani

15:00     Mathare United v Talanta                                                         Kasarani

15:00     Police v Sofapaka                                                                    Ruaraka

Sunday 05/12/2021

13:00     Posta Rangers v Gor Mahia                                                    PSTP

15:00     Tusker v Bandari                                                                      PSTP

15:00     KCB v Vihiga Bullets                                                                Utalii

National Super League Round 6

Saturday 04/12/2021

3:00 PM               Shabana  v Zoo                                                         Awendo Green Stadium

3:00 PM               Dandora Love  v Murang'a Seal                                Camp Toyoyo 

3:00 PM               Vihiga United  v Mara Sugar                                     Mumias Complex

3:00 PM               Mombasa Elite v Coastal Heroes                             Serani Complex

Sunday 05/12/2021

1:00 PM               Silibwet v SS Assad                                                 Bomet Stadium  

3:15 PM               APS Bomet v Muhoroni Youth                                 Bomet Stadium

3:00 PM               Gusii v Mwatate United                                           Gusii Stadium

3:00 PM               Migori Youth v Kibera Black Stars                           Migori Stadium

3:00 PM               Naivas  v Kisumu Allstars                                       Ruaraka Grounds

3:00 PM               MCF v Fortune Sacco                                            Thika Stadium