The highly anticipated FKF Premier League clash between Gor Mahia and Ulinzi Stars is now in doubt after the clubs maintained their hardline positions over a broadcast deal with StarTimes.
According to the league fixtures seen by Sports Plug, Gor are scheduled to host the soldiers at Kasarani stadium on Saturday. The match is also set to be broadcast live on StarTimes. (Update: StarTimes have removed the match from its weekend schedule).
Both clubs have now come out to clear the air that they will honour the match but will not allow it to be aired by StarTimes.
Gor chairman Ambrose Rachier sent a letter to StarTimes, maintaining that the club is yet to endorse the deal between the broadcaster and Football Kenya Federation.
Ulinzi Stars, who had earlier announced on social media that they had sorted out the issues they had with the federation and are now ready to begin their season, now say the match will only go on but not on tv.
Ulinzi chairman Col. Erick Oloo said they only agreed to participate in the match but have not endorsed the broadcasting deal and “the matter is with our legal department, but we have never refused to honor our fixtures.”
It is not clear if FKF will allow the clubs to participate in the league without endorsing the broadcasting deal.
Sports Plug had reported earler that FKF President Nick Mwendwa has convened a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Wednesday, to discuss the fate of the four clubs (Mathare and Zoo Kericho are also yet to endorse the broadcasting deal).