Ulinzi Stars have won a major battle in their bid to defend their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title after the Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) ruled in the team’s favour over docked points in two forfeited matches.
The soldiers were the victims of an infamous decision by KPL to dock them six point for failing to honour two matches against Chemelili Sugar and Sofapaka. This was at a time the team was participating at the 5th of edition of the Military World Games 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Following the ruling, Ulinzi will now have an opportunity to play the two matches initially scheduled for July 16, 2011 and the July 20,2011 respectively. In its ruling, IDCC stated that:
“It is our considered view that the KPL Governing Council failed to make a timely, definitive and firm decision on the controversy in question.”
However, IDCC directed KPL to ensure that the two matches are played before the conclusion of the 2011 League but at Ulinzi’s cost. IDCC’s ruling comes as good news Ulinzi who are trailing league leaders Tusker FC by a single point with six more matches remaining.
Reacting to the news, Ulinzi coach Benjamin Nyangweso hailed the ruling saying that it was only fair that all teams are allowed to play the stipulated 30 matches in the season. “This is very good news for us.
Even without the six points were very close to the top and now we have a chance of garnering more points”, Nyangweso said.
The soft spoken coach was quick to add that the ruling would amount to nothing if the team fails to pick any points from the two fixtures.
Tusker are top of the table with 45 points but Ulinzi, on 44 points, will leapfrog them should they win atleast one of the two matches. Two draws will suffice the soldiers to assume leadership on 46 points.