The Star (Nairobi)

1 February 2013

Kenya: KPL Show Delayed

The 2013 Kenyan Premier League kick off date has once again been pushed back by a week to February 24.

The football league was originally to kick off on February 9 but the date was puched back by a week due to the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations championship in South Africa.

Former champions Ulinzi Stars will open the season with a clash against returnees Bandari of Mombasa at Afraha Stadium.

AFC leopards, who were initially set for a date with debutants Kakamega HomeBoys will now face arch-rivals Chemelil Sugar in Chemelil.

Homeboyz will now be up against Karuturi Sports at Bukhungu Stadium as they make their maiden appearance in the top flight league.Another re-arranged clash will see KCB and Nairobi City Stars meeting at the City Stadium.

Former champions Sony Sugar have a date with 2008 champions Mathare United while Muhoroni Youth will be up against Western Stima.

The 2009 champions Sofapaka will play Thika United at the Moi, Kasarani in the last match of the day.The alterations were made to allow for ample recovery time for Tusker and Gor Mahia ahead of the DSTV Super Cup on February 23.

The two sides will first have to contend with continental matches where Tusker play St.Michel in the Africa Champions League while Gor Mahia host Anse Reunion in a CAF Confederations Cup tie. The two sides are from Seychelles.

Opening day fixtures

Ulinzi v Bandari - Afraha

Chemelil v Leopards - Chemelil

Sony v Mathare - Nyayo

Homeboyz v Karuturi - Bukhungu

KCB v City Stars - Kasarani

Muhoroni v Western Stima

Sofapaka vs Thika United - Kasarani

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