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Kenyan clubs call for suspension of league as cash crunch bites

Five Kenyan Premier League clubs have requested the league managers to suspend the top tier competition until a new sponsor comes on board.

The 2019/20 season started without a title sponsor following the exit of SportPesa who decided to close shop following what they termed as hostile taxation regime.

Kakamega Homeboyz chairman Cleophas Shimanyula was the first to request the KPL to be suspended until a viable solution is found, and it seems other clubs are supporting him.

According to the KPL CEO Jack Oguda, four clubs have officially written to the company requesting the suspension of the league.

“We have received another letter from Mathare United, Sony Sugar, Kisumu All-Stars and Chemelil Sugar demanding we suspend the league,” Oguda told GOAL on Friday.

“It is a very tough situation we find ourselves in because some teams claim they are not able to meet their day to day activities because their accounts are dry while some clubs feel the league should continue as we source for a sponsor.

“The decision to stop the league can only be discussed during the Governing Council meeting. It is the only organ that can give the way forward,” Oguda continued.”

Last weekend, Sony Sugar failed to honour their match against AFC Leopards after failing to raise money for logistics.

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