Controversy continues between Football Kenya federation (FKF) and Kenya Premier League (KPL) as the last months decision to include 18 teams in the 2017 league.
Last month, Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT) ruled that the 2017 KPL will consist of eighteen teams but the KPL fixture released on Monday has only 16 teams. At the same time, clubs that FKF had relegated for failing to meet club licensing have been included.
Two teams, Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth have been included in the fixture but they were pronounced relegated for failing to meet club licensing requirements.
Zoo Kericho, Nakumatt FC, KCB and Vihiga United, all promoted on the basis of expansion of the league to 18 teams and demotion of Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth, are not listed in the fixtures.
In the fixtures released, the 2017 season is scheduled to kick off on Saturday 11 February with the newly promoted Kariobangi Sharks set to kick off its campaign in Mombasa with a game against Bandari FC while the Millers’ derby, a clash pitting Sony Sugar against Chemelil Sugar will also be played on the same day in Chemelil.
The third and final match of the opening day will see Kakamega Homeboyz play host to Gor Mahia at the Mumias Sports Complex. All the opening day matches kick off at 3pm.
On Sunday 12 February, Mathare United will be at home to take on Thika United at the Moi International Sports Center (MISC) at 2pm EAT while AFC Leopards will also be at the venue to take on newly promoted Nzoia United.
Western Stima will be commencing their 2017 campaign against Muhoroni Youth in Kisumu in the set of three matches to be staged on Sunday.
With Tusker FC and Ulinzi Stars set to take part in continental matches, two matches are set aside for Wednesday 15 February, Sofapaka against Ulinzi Stars at Nyayo Stadium and Tusker FC against Posta Rangers at Kinoru Stadium in Meru.
A statement from the KPL from a Monday 6 February Governing Council meeting indicates that the fixtures could be amended to accommodate an 18 team league.