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Football | Kenya

Nyayo Stadium to host Mashemeji Derby



After previously having been shelved owing to the unavailability of a suitable venue, the eagerly anticipated Mashemeji Derby will now be played at Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

This is after the stadium management agreed to conditionally open up the facility which is undergoing renovations for that single game.

“Following a successful meeting between the Kenyan Premier League management and the management of the Nyayo National Stadium, Kenyan Premier League would like to confirm that the facility owners have agreed to exceptionally allow the AFC Leopards SC-Gor Mahia FC match to be played at the venue on Sunday,” KPL said in a statement.

On Tuesday, the league managers had announced that the game which had initially been planned for the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru has been shelved over security concerns.

AFC Leopards as the home team had said they would not have the capacity to make adequate security arrangements for the match especially with the capacity of the stadium being between 9,000-12,000 and huge crowds expected.

The closure of both Nyayo and Kasarani stadia for renovations have thrown the league managers and most Nairobi teams into disarray with the Thika and Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos being forced to cram up most of the fixtures.

The two facilities are however expected to be re-opened in July.



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