The wait is finally over for Mathare United and Zoo Kericho fans as the two clubs kickstart their season in the FKF Premier League today
Fans have had to wait for more than a month to watch their favorite clubs play in the league due to off-field issues with Football Kenya Federation.
The Federation expelled the clubs from the leagues in December over failure to endorse a broadcasting deal with StarTimes.
However, expulsion was rescended by the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) in a ruling on December 17.
Today, Zoo hosts coastal side Bandari at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. The home side has been forced to play its matches away from Kericho because the Kericho Green Stadium has not been inspected by the Stadia Safety and Security Committee.
Bandari will be hoping to continue with their renaisance following the appoinnment of Rwandese coach Andre Casa Mbungo.
Mathare United will play away in Taita Taveta County to hosts Sofapaka. Sofapaka are also under new management following the appoinment of Ken Odhiambo over the festive period.
In his pre-match interview, Mathare coach Salim Ali acknowledged that lack of playing time for almost 10 months since the outbreak of the COVID-19 has been tough for his boys. Non the less, the coach said they are going for three points in their first match since March 2020.
“Finally we are back to playing. It’s been a tough period for us all. We last played competitive football in March of 2020 before the Covid-19 pandemic put everything into disarray,” the coach said.
Both matches kick-off at 3 PM.
The two clubs will have to play catch-up in the coming weeks as the fixtures have been condensed to ensure they recover lost time.