The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has swapped the schedule of fixtures for the 25th and 27th rounds of the season, which in effect means the biggest game in the league, pitting arch rivals AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia in the Nairobi derby moves back by a month.
The KPL, in making the confirmation, noted that the move was engineered by security concerns with the explanation that provision of adequate security for the initially scheduled round 27 matches would have been a challenge since there is a number of other sporting activities on the same weekend.
AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia were scheduled to face off on the affected weekend but the change means the two will face off on Sunday 23 October and not on Sunday 25 September.
“Round 25 and Round 27 have been swapped. This was prompted by advice from Security Agencies who cautioned that it would not be possible for them to provide adequate security during the Nairobi Derby match between AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia on Sunday, 25 September 2016 as there would be other key sporting and social events taking place in the city on the same day which also require special care. As a result, the Derby will now be played on Sunday, 23 October 2016,” the statement read.
“The KPL Top Final match has been moved from Saturday, 15 October 2016 to Sunday 16 October 2016. League matches which were to be played on the Sunday will now be played on the Friday and Saturday.
“Catch-up matches for the KPL Top 8 finalists have been brought forward to Wednesday, 12 October 2016 from Wednesday, 19 October 2016,” it read further.