FOOTBALL

Thika United hosts Ushuru in first leg play off

Kenya Premier League (KPL) side Thika United will host the National Super League (NSL) Ushuru in the first leg of the promotion/relegation playoff tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at the Thika Stadium.

The 3pm encounter will be followed by the return match staged on Sunday at the Narok County Stadium with the winner earning a place in next season’s top flight league.

This follows the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) dismissing Thika United’s petition challenging the playoff on Tuesday afternoon.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and KPL agreed to have team finishing in 16th place in the KPL play the third ranked team from final National Super League (NSL) standings in a two-leg playoff with the aggregate winner joining the top tier.

Thika, who finished 16th on the KPL log with 35 points, sought a temporary injunction via lawyer Wahome Njagi at the High Court on December 5.

SDT chair John Ohaga directed Ushuru, who came third in the NSL with 78 points, be enjoined as interested parties with Ken Ochieng’ and Ms Akong’a appearing for FKF and KPL as the 1st and 2nd respondents.

“The upshot of the foregoing is that the application and the petition are dismissed. We direct that the petitioner meets the costs of the respondents and interested party on a full indemnity basis.

“It shall also be responsible for any wasted cost occasioned by the postponement of the playoffs,” read the ruling delivered and signed by Ohaga.

Both teams last met in the 2016 top flight season, playing to a 1-1 draw in the first leg in March, Thika won 1-0 in the second leg in October.

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