- Tusker FC and AFC Leopards were scheduled to play against each other on Sunday but the venue will be hosting Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom.
KPL clubs have been hugely affected by the unavailability of the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. The KPL clubs have once again asked the government to ensure that the renovation of the Nyayo stadium is completed soon.
AFC Leopards and Tusker FC were supposed to lock horns at Kenyatta Stadium on Sunday but they have to reschedule their match because the venue is already booked for Chapa Dimba na Safaricom tournament.
Leopards was supposed to be the home team according to the schedule. They opted to take the match to Afraha Stadium but the trip to Nakuru is expensive when compared to that of Machakos.
“We would have wished to play our match at Machakos but we understand that the venue is booked for another event. We cannot do anything to change that but playing at Afraha is slightly expensive. Clubs are overburdened by lack of facilities in Nairobi and we ask the government to speed up works at Nyayo,” said the former Kenyan international
On the other hand, Tusker’s team manager, George Opondo also confirmed that lack of adequate playing grounds for KPL clubs is becoming costly.
“The only advantage is the notice came early and we were able to plan for the match. It is also a reprieve for us as Leopards did not take the match to Bukhungu which would have made it expensive for us. Lack of facilities in Nairobi hurts all clubs and it’s high time the government intervened,” he added.
Kariobangi Sharks and KCB were also affected by the inadequate stadiums but they were lucky as the match will be played this Friday. The government and KPL stakeholders should find a way out to solve this crisis because it brings down the standard of football in Kenya.