Sugar belt sides Chemelil Sugar and Sony Sugar are set to not honour their respective Kenyan Premier League (KPL) round 6 fixtures as the financial difficulties plaguing the local football scene take a whole other dimension.
Chemelil are yet to leave their base in Awasi for their away tie to Bandari FC in Mombasa while Sony, who already dished out a walkover last time out against AFC Leopards, have already communicated that they will not honour Saturday’s fixture in Machakos against Tusker.
The two clubs as well as a host of others had written to the league organizers to try and have the league halted for a brief period as they try to raise money and tackle a situation made worse by the abrupt pullout of league sponsors SportPesa.
On Thursday, the KPL’s Governing Council met and it was decided that the league will continue as planned as it also tries to bring in new sponsors.
“We have approached various corporates but due to the current economic situation in the country, the offers being tabled do not meet the demands of the League. It takes time to formalize any sponsorship deal since most corporates operate on running budgets which were already set in the beginning of their respective financial year,” a communique released to media houses after the Thursday meeting reads in part.
The rules of the league state that if a club fails to honour three of its fixtures in a season, then the league organizers will be left with no other option but to relegate the said team to the second tier.