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Baptism of fire awaits Kariobangi Sharks and Nzoia Sugar as KPL 2017 season beckons

By Petterson Gachugu | March 4th 2017
Kenya Premier League released 2017 season provisional results on Friday, 3rd March after months of waiting saw newly promoted Kariobangi Sharks and Nzoia Sugar face 15-time champions Gor Mahia and reigning champions Tusker FC. Another newbie, Nakumatt will settle scores against the Coast-based side Bandari FC

March 11, is the official date set for the commencement of an expanded 18-team league.

Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka have been excluded for failing to comply with club licensing rules but KPL CEO, Jack Oguda insists that the fixtures might change depending on the outcome of the tribunal ruling on the two teams.

The only confirmed grounds include: Mbaraki, Chemelil, Moi Stadium, Muhoroni, Mumias, Awendo Green Stadium. Most of the matches have not been allocated venues yet, but will be communicated at a later date.

As a tradition, a week before the league kicks off (which is today) will see defending champions Tusker FC take on GOtv Shield Cup winners Gor Mahia at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru from 3 p.m. as they fight to clinch the Super Cup.

Unfortunately, sponsors of this league opener clash, DSTV have withdrawn their sponsorship, meaning this year’s Super Cup will not be televised, unlike previous occasions. This match was first slated for 29th January but was postponed due to FKF-KPL impasse.

Here are the fixtures for match day 1:

Saturday, March 11

Tusker FC vs Nzoia Sugar

Bandari vs Nakumatt

AFC Leopards vs Ulinzi

Zoo Kericho vs Posta Rangers

Sunday, March 12

Mathare United vs Thika United

Sony Sugar vs Chemelil Sugar
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