Vihiga Bullets relegated to National Super League as Nzoia Sugar survives

Lucas Waitere (left)of Ulinzi Stars battles for the ball with Nickson Khalwale of Vihiga Bullets during the Kenya Premier League match at Nakuru showground on December 18,2021.[Kipsang Joseph,Standar]

Vihiga Bullets have been relegated to the National Super League.

The newbies’ fate was confirmed on Sunday after losing 4-1 to Kenya Police in a crucial Football Kenya Federation Premier League match staged at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.

Bullets who were promoted to the top tier league last year will now join Mathare United in next season's Super League.

The FKF Transition Committee relegated Mathare last month after the slum boys failed to honour three consecutive league matches.

“Any club in a league format that does not turn up for three fixtures in a season and their explanation, under rule 3.1.7, is not accepted in all the three incidences to the FKF National Leagues and Competitions Committee, shall be suspended for the rest of the season, shall be relegated to a lower league for the next season and may face further disciplinary action,” said the Transition Commitee.

Mathare issued three walkovers against Sofapaka, Ulinzi Stars and Bandari.

Seventeenth-placed Bullets have 21 points after their defeat to the service men.

Mathematically, Bullets cannot survive the drop even if they win their last match against Wazito and are awarded three points in their botched clash against Gor Mahia because they can only achieve 27 points.

This means that Wazito, who have a massed 28 points after their 2-1 win over Posta Rangers on Saturday, will now participate in the FKF Promotion/Relegation off against the team which finishes third in the NSL.

Meanwhile, Nzoia Sugar confirmed their place in next season’s top-flight league after holding record Kenyan champions Gor Mahia to a 1-1 draw at Kasarani.

The draw saw Nzoia take their points tally to 31 points and avoid being axed from the topflight league.

The cane cutters faces AFC Leopards at Sudi Stadium in Bungoma in their last match of the season, while Gor will clash with FC Talanta at the same venue in a rescheduled fixture on Wednesday.

Gor on the other hand are fourth on the log with 52 points, but with two matches to the end of the season.

By Agencies Jan. 27, 2023
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