The result from the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match pitting Ulinzi Stars against Mount Kenya United on Sunday 2 June has been nullified by the Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC).
Ulinzi Stars picked a 4 – 0 win in the clash at Afraha Stadium, which had controversy pasted all over it after initially being postponed on the final day of the season, Wednesday 29 May, following mishaps on the part of Mount Kenya United.
Having been played after the designated final day of the season, and with a huge bearing on the Golden Boot award, Kakamega Homeboyz filed an official complaint at the IDCC, terming the decision by KPL to have the game after the final day a disadvantage to other parties in the league.
The IDCC, as communicated by the KPL, has annulled the 4 – 0 win and instead handed Ulinzi Stars three points on a 2 – 0 win basis as stipulated in the rule governing failure by the visiting team to honor its match day duties.
While it wasn’t officially stated in Homeboyz’s application, one of the biggest contentions was that with the team’s forward Allan Wanga going to the final day as top scorer with 18 goals, it would be unfair to give Ulinzi Stars forward Enosh Ochieng the advantage of playing after all the other teams yet he was also a contestant for the top scorer’s award.
Enosh went on to score three goals, surpassing Wanga’s tally by two goals. The three goals have since been affected by the nullification, reducing his tally for the season to 17.
Wanga too has been affected after Homeboyz’s goal against AFC Leopards in the 1-1 draw at Kenyatta Stadium, which was initially credited to him, was overturned and listed as the AFC Leopards goalkeeper Jairus Adira’s own goal.
It then means Enosh, Wanga and former Sofapaka forward Umaru Kasumba all finish with 17 goals.
With two goals struck off, Ulinzi Stars drops to 10 in the final standings, on 45 points.