Ambani asks FKF to put an end to NSL games abandonment

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FKFPL Ambani asks FKF to put an end to NSL games abandonment

Mark Kinyanjui 17:04 - 24.07.2023

Ambani made his feelings known after Mara Sugar were denied a chance to contest securing the NSL playoff slot.

Former Tusker, AFC Leopards, and Yanga forward Bonface Ambani has asked FKF to find amicable solutions to ensure National Super League (NSL) games are not abandoned due to circumstances that are otherwise avoidable.

Ambani made his feelings known in an interview with Nation after Mara Sugar FC were denied a chance to secure the third-place playoff at the expense of Migori Youth.

Mara were ruled out of contention because Machakos-based side MCF could not honor their fixture due to a lack of venue designated by the FKF to stage the match.

“There were two teams that were battling for the third place playoffs, Migori and Mara Sugar. Both teams had the same chance of achieving that third place slot to stand a chance (of promotion),” Ambani said.

“In the last game of the regular season, MCF refused to travel in order to honor their match with Migori. At the same time, there was a very important contest between Muranga Seal and Shabana to determine who would emerge as league winners.

“Gusii United were playing at home, and they said they did not have a stadium, but the Federation made sure they had a venue to play in. So their match was pushed to Awendo, SoNy’s venue.

“Why did they not do the same between MCF and Migori to ensure that it was played so that Migori would finish third on merit?”

Ambani has asked the federation to make sure teams earn their points fairly with equal conditions, having expressed the ‘hurt’ he felt in his days as a player whenever he went through such issues or those of a similar magnitude.

“I want to win all my games on merit. I will never ask a referee to do things in my favor. I have been there. I have been a player, I have hurt a lot and I would not want to see my fellow players hurting as well because of things like these.”

Migori will be consigned to playing at least another season in the NSL after being walloped by Charles Odera’s Wazito 3-0 in the return leg of their promotion/relegation play-off last Saturday.