NAIROBI, December 29 – Kenyan Premier League has released the fixtures of the first four rounds of the 2016 season scheduled to kick-off February 13.
The first-leg of the ‘Mashemeji Derby’ pitting champions Gor Mahia and bitter rivals AFC Leopards will be held on March 6 with K’Ogalo hosting the encounter either at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium or Kasarani.
The season-opening DSTV Super Cup between Gor and GOtv Shield winners Bandari will for the first time he hosted outside Nairobi with Mombasa staging the competition scheduled for February 6.
The season proper will get underway a week later, on the weekend K’Ogalo and Bandari will be out to represent the country in the continental assignments.
Gor will host their Madagascan counterparts, CNaPS in the opening leg of the CAF Champions League preliminary round whilst Bandari will be away in Democratic Republic of Congo to battle it out with FC Saint-Éloi Lupopo in the Confederations Cup.
In the opening day of the 2016 SportPesa Premier League campaign, Ulinzi Stars welcome Sony Sugar, Newly promoted side Kakamega Homeboyz entertain Western Stima, Tusker travel to Thika United while Sofapaka take on Ushuru FC in Machakos.
Gor will open their title defence away to Chemelil Sugar on February 17.
Tusker FC will shift their home matches to Meru’s Kinoru Stadium after the conclusion of the year-long renovation by the County Government of Meru.
The first match at Kinoru Stadium will see the Brewers host Ulinzi on February 20.
According to KPL official website, full fixture of the entire season will be released on Friday.
-fixtures up to the fourth round
6 Feb: Super Cup – Gor Mahia v Bandari (3pm, Mombasa)
13 Feb: CAF Confederation Cup – Lupopo (DRC) Bandari (Kenya, CAF Champions League – Gor Mahia (Kenya) v CNAPS (Madagascar),
Ulinzi Stars v Sony Sugar (2pm, Afraha), KK Homeboyz v Western Stima (3pm, Bukhungu), Thika United v Tusker (3pm, Thika), Sofapaka v Ushuru (3pm, Machakos)
14 Feb: Posta Rangers v Muhoroni Youth (2pm, Nyayo), AFC Leopards v Mathare United (4.15pm, Nyayo)
17 Feb: Chemelil Sugar v Gor Mahia (3pm, Moi Stadium), City Stars v Bandari (4pm, Nyayo)
20 Feb: Ushuru Thika v United (3pm City), Western Stima v City Stars (3pm, Moi Stadium), Tusker v Ulinzi Stars (3pm, Kinoru), Muhoroni Youth v Sofapaka (3pm, Muhoroni), Sony Sugar v AFC Leopards (3pm, Awendo)
21 Feb: Bandari v KK Homeboyz (3pm, Mbaraki), Mathare United v Chemelil Sugar (2pm, Nyayo), Gor Mahia v Posta Rangers (4.15pm, Nyayo)
27 Feb: Champions League – CNAPS (Madagascar) v Gor Mahia (Kenya), Confederation Cup – Bandari (Kenya) Lupopo (DRC)
Sony Sugar v Ushuru (3pm, Awendo), KK Homeboyz v Chemelil Sugar (3pm, Bukhungu), Thika United v Muhoroni Youth (2pm, Thika), Posta Rangers v Western Stima (3pm, City)
28 Feb: City Stars v Tusker (3pm, Nyayo), Sofapaka v Mathare United (3pm, Nyayo)
02 Mar: AFC Leopards v Bandari (7pm, Nyayo), Ulinzi Stars v Gor Mahia (4pm, Afraha)
05 Mar: Chemelil Sugar v City Stars (3pm, Chemelil), Muhoroni Youth v Tusker (3pm, Muhoroni), Western Stima v Thika United (3pm, Moi Stadium), Mathare United v KK Homeboyz (4pm, Nyayo), Posta Rangers v Sofapaka (4.15pm, Nyayo)
06 Mar: Ushuru v Ulinzi Stars (3pm, City), Gor Mahia v AFC Leopards (3pm, Nyayo/Kasarani), Bandari v Sony Sugar (3pm, Mbaraki)