The Star (Nairobi)

14 February 2013

Kenya: Kolongolo, Mumcop Storm Into Nationwide League Without Sweat

BUSIA top club Kolongolo FC and Mumias Co-operatives (Mumcop) have earned slots in the Nationwide League without kicking a ball, thanks to FKF's move change the league format.

Kolongolo chairman, Kizito Namulanda, revealed yesterday that Western region zone that used to cover teams from Western, Nyanza and Rift Valley has been split into two.

He said each of the two zones will have 12 teams, up from 10, a situation that saw six teams from Nyanza, Western and Rift Valley benefit. Mumcop had beaten Kolongolo 2-0 in the Western Provincial mini-league played at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega last December.

The two teams were to represent Western region in another mini-league involving teams from Nyanza and Rift Valley last month to determine two best to qualify for Nationwide League. Namulanda lauded FKF move to split the teams into two zones, saying it will reduce transport costs which had previously forced most teams to skip matches .

"The new structure is cost effective with few teams taking part. We shall do our best to ensure we secure a KPL slot at the end of the season," he said.

The club has promised to recruit a few more players to replace midfielder Bernard Ongoma who has joined AFC Leopards and goalkeeper Japheth Wamunga who signed for Chemelil Sugar. Elsewhere, KPL side Mathare United are set to take on Nairobi Provincial League side, Nakumatt FC in a warm up match at Goan Institute today. This is part of their build-up ahead of the start of the KPLseason on February 23.

Elsewhere, Nakumatt were held to a 1-1 draw by Ligi Ndogo Under-19 team in a friendly match staged at the Sameer Firestone playground. Oscar Odhiambo opened the scoring for Nakumatt in the 35th and Ligi Ndogo had to wait until the 87th to equalise through captain Wellington Ochieng.

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