AFC Leopards get easy points after Nzoia Sugar fail to turn up for scheduled Bukhungu tie

AFC Leopards will be awarded three points in a 2-0 walkover against Nzoia Sugar after the millers, who they were set to face in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Round 27 encounter at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on Wednesday 1 May, failed to turn up for the clash in a rather baffling turn of events.

The clash had been scheduled by the league organizers at the Kakamega County pitch as part of a double header that was to be beamed live, but Nzoia, who were the hosts decided against the venue, choosing instead to travel approximately 30kms from Bukhungu to the Mumias Sports Complex.

A ban on the Mumias pitch imposed at the start of the season was recently lifted and it is the reason why Nzoia headed there insisting that as hosts they have the right to dictate where the game should be played and that the pitch is listed as their alternative home ground after the Sudi Stadium in Bungoma.

The three points will see Leopards move up two places to eighth on the standings with 37 points, five more than Nzoia who remain in 11th place with 32 points.

AFC Leopards players applaud their fans after picking three points against Nzoia Sugar FC. [IMAGE-Fabian Odhiambo]

This latest turn of events comes just a week after bottom side Mt. Kenya United dished out free points to Gor Mahia as they protested a lack of pay since the season begun.

It is also the second time this season that a match involving Leopards has failed to kick off with a rescheduled tie against Sony Sugar in April being abandoned after Sony failed to provide a well-equipped ambulance before the game which is mandatory for any football match.

The Sony game though is set to be replayed on Sunday 12 May at Awendo Green Stadium.