Rescheduled FKF Premier League matches set for new venue after rain disruption

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Rescheduled FKF Premier League matches set for new venue after rain disruption

Festus Chuma 11:10 - 06.05.2024

Two Premier League matches postponed due to weather rescheduled for Tuesday with new venue details confirmed by the clubs.

Two Football Kenya Federation Premier League fixtures postponed last weekend due to adverse weather conditions now have new dates and venues, officials confirmed today. 

The games originally scheduled at the soggy Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos will now take place at the Dandora Stadium in Nairobi on Tuesday.

Posta Rangers are set to face FC Talanta at 3 PM in the second match of the rescheduled double-header with Nairobi City Stars versus Ulinzi Stars slated for a noon kickoff on the same artificial turf. 

The decision follows heavy rainfall that rendered the original venue, Kenyatta Stadium, unfit for play.

"We have received confirmation of the change in date and venue of our postponed game against Nairobi City Stars. The game will be played on Tuesday 7th at Dandora Stadium starting at 12:00 pm," Ulinzi Stars announced in a statement. 

The early start is expected to accommodate both fixtures smoothly and ensure all games conclude under optimal conditions.

The inclement weather which started on Saturday night and continued into Sunday morning has disrupted the regular scheduling of the league, leading to the initial postponement. 

This change also affected another high-profile match between Tusker and Nzoia Sugarnow relocated to Dandora Stadium on Monday.

Officials from FKF expressed their commitment to monitoring the weather closely to ensure that all games proceed without further disruptions. 

"FKF continues to closely monitor the prevailing weather conditions. The rescheduled dates for the above matches will be communicated once the situation allows for the games to be played under suitable and safe conditions for all players, officials, and stakeholders involved," the Federation stated.

Both matches are set to be broadcast live on national television via KBC, allowing fans to follow the action even if unable to attend in person.

Additionally, the weekend saw some action before the weather turned foul, with Kenyatta Stadium hosting two matches on Saturday.

 In the National Super League, Naivas FC squared off against Vihiga Bullets before making way for the Premier League clash between Sofapaka and Shabana FC. 

The latter match saw Shabana narrowly defeating Sofapaka in a victory that was crucial for Tore Bobe as it propelled them out of the relegation zone.

Players and officials reported difficulties due to the slippery and challenging pitch conditions which hampered the normal flow of play and made ball movement unpredictable.

The Federation is also slated to issue updates on another NSL fixture involving MCF and Nairobi United planned at the Machakos venue. 

The official communication will provide further details about the rescheduling as the league seeks to navigate through the seasonal challenges posed by the weather.

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