Nzoia Sugar FC will not take without a fight the decision by Kenyan Premier League (KPL) to award AFC Leopards three points for the unplayed clash on Wednesday 1 May, club chair Ngisa Mokua has stated.
On Labour Day, a second walkover in as many weeks was dished out after home team Nzoia Sugar insisted on playing at Mumias Sports Complex while KPL issued Bukhungu Stadium as the venue for the game, which Leopards adhered to.
The result was AFC Leopards being handed easy points, as per a KPL Tweet on its official social media handles after Nzoia failed to show up at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.
Mokua says they will seek redress over the matter and assured of a vigorous fight against what he termed lack of goodwill and high handedness from the KPL CEO Jack Oguda, who, he notes, declined to act on the clearance for Mumias Sports Complex hosting league matches.
“We will defend our stand on this issue; we will not take it lying down. The CEO has shown the whole world his high handedness and blatant lack of goodwill, and we will fight this vigorously,” he told Soka.
On Monday 29 April, Mumias Sports Complex was inspected by the Stadia Safety and Security Committee of the KPL and handed the approval to host league matches.
Mokua acknowledges that he got a message on the same, upon which he communicated to the KPL, informing the league managers of the decision by his club to play their home match against Leopards there.
He further accuses Oguda of deliberately refusing to act on the report made by the committee of which the KPL CEO is a member, to frustrate his club.
“The committee came on Monday, checked and approved the stadium for KPL matches, and we moved with speed to inform the CEO, of course noting that he is a member of the SSSC.
“He however told us that he doesn’t have the report, which we find malicious, given he is a member of the same committee that sent a representative to Mumias.
“Further, he didn’t even make an effort to check out the report, if at all he hadn’t received it as he said. We’d have understood had he asked for a few minutes or hours to find the report and act on it. He didn’t, and that is the basis of all these issues,” Mokua remarked.
Fine on the way?
The walkover issued came right after Mount Kenya United players, protesting over non payment, gave the game against Gor Mahia a wide berth just a week earlier.
Unofficially, there has been talk that Nzoia Sugar will be fined over failing to show up for the game, a matter which Mokua says they will also fight.
“Mount Kenya United failed to honor their game against Gor Mahia; they have not been fined. Why would the same be subjected to Nzoia?” he wondered.
KPL has had to deal with tough situations recently, including refereeing calls that have left the league managers with an egg in the face as well as having to reschedule a KPL game pitting Sony Sugar against AFC Leopards after the latter declined to play earlier, protesting over an ill equipped ambulance.