There is a looming standoff between the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and Nzoia Sugar FC regarding the choice of venue for the Bungoma based side’s clash against AFC Leopards which is scheduled for Wednesday 1 May.
While the KPL Secretariat has picked on Bukhungu Stadium as the venue for the match, and basing this on the fact that the match is set to be aired live, Nzoia Sugar maintains it has the unequivocal right of picking the venue, as long as it meets the set standards, given it is the home team.
To that end, Nzoia Sugar maintains, it will host the match at the Mumias Sports Complex, which the club had indicated as its alternative venue to Sudi Stadium in Bungoma.
Mumias in mind
Nzoia Sugar FC chairman Ngisa Mokua has confirmed to Soka that his team is preparing with the game at Mumias in mind and will not be making the trip to Kakamega.
“We are the home team and we choose the venue for our game provided that as per KPL standards for safety and security, it meets the threshold,” he noted.
Mokua revealed further, that Mumias Sports Complex, one of the venues earlier blacklisted by the KPL Stadia Safety and Security Committee (SSSC) was on Monday 29 April handed the green light to host KPL matches by KPL Governing Council member Laban Jobita, a member of the SSSC who was sent by the committee to assess the facility’s readiness to host such matches.
Written to KPL
“We have informed the KPL in writing about the approval of the stadium to host KPL matches and I want to reiterate that we will not go to Bukhungu for this game. With clearance from the SSSC, the KPL should have this report and open up on this matter,” he added.
A further complication to the matter, would be the fact that this particular match, is one of a scheduled double header at Bukhungu Stadium, with the two matches listed for live broadcast. Mokua says he has no issue with the game being live but notes that the decision to have the game in Mumias is majorly logistical.
“You see, I have expenses that I incur, based also on the distance my team has to travel for matches. Live broadcast doesn’t pay for these so when we plan, we have in mind what we have in our pockets. I have no problem with the match being aired live and I don’t think they can’t air it from Mumias,” he concluded.
The match is scheduled for 2pm EAT kickoff.