NAIROBI, Kenya, April 17- The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has tossed out a protest registered by Ulinzi Stars to nullify their 4-2 Top 8 loss on post-match penalties to Gor Mahia on technical grounds.
In a letter signed by KPL CEO, Jack Oguda, the result of the match will stand after the soldiers were found to be in breach of regulations guiding clubs on registering objections.
“We note from the Match Commissioners and Referees Report that your protest was made during the match which contravenes Rule 3.5 on Match Arrangements (i) Pre-Match Protests:
“Any protest by a club must be made and attached to the match report before the kick-off. The protest must be signed by the Team Manager or Coach of both clubs. A club official who refuses to sign a protest will be suspended for at least the next two consecutive matches and face other disciplinary action,” Oguda’s letter to Ulinzi read in part.
“Pursuant to the above, the results of the said match stands as 4-2 in favour of Gor Mahia FC as recorded in the match reports,” it concludes.
Ulinzi had objected the fielding of more foreign players than the allocated quota by K’Ogalo in the April 10 match that ended 0-0 in regulation time before Gor advanced to the semi finals of the Sh1m winner-takes-all knockout tournament on spot kicks.
Zradvko Logarusic side played Dan Sserenkuma, Israel Emuge, Ivo Mapunda and Ivan Anguyo that is more than the three foreigners permitted under KPL laws.
Keeper Mapunda who saved one spot-kick is Tanzanian while the other trio hail from Uganda.