AFC Leopards SC will not honor their rescheduled Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Top Eight Cup fixture against Gor Mahia FC, on Sunday 29 July, at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
In an exclusive interview with futaa.com, Secretary General Winston Kituyi said that even after rescinding their earlier decision not to honor the match, the organizers (KPL) did not consult them over the fixture's date.
-As it stands now, the truth of the matter it that we are not there and we will not honor that match on Sunday. Our concern was that, since this match was postponed, it was our desire that KPL would have called both teams (AFC-Gor) on a round table to discuss and come-up with appropriate date that suits both of us, he said.
-But unfortunately nobody bothered about it, they just came up and said okay, since Tusker are going to play CECAFA we can reschedule the fixtures and in-between you can put the Super Eight match.
-I consulted with my people and they are not happy and the even the chairman who gave an okay that we should play, should have been consulted and at least agree on the date. They don’t just come and say, this is the date and therefore we play.
-You know very well AFC is experiencing a lot of problems, at the moment we don’t have money; somebody filed a case in the court and we can’t access the bank account. We are operating from our own pockets and that is why we need time to prepare the team.
-We presented our budget to KPL and told them, if they wanted us to play they have to tell us in good time and explain to us how we are going to meet the costs of this arrangement, something that’s not forthcoming.
-We would like them to call us together with Gor, sit down and agree on the date; most likely at the end of the season. We can still honor this match. Remember this is not a friendly match, it is a serious match that if you lose it is over and if you win you will go places. So, we take this match very seriously.
-Also putting in consideration the history of these two clubs on what happens whenever we play.We don’t want to disrupt the psychological impact of both teams, just because something ugly is going to happen.
-As far as we (AFC) are concerned, we are not there. We have discussed widely and I have written a letter to KPL about the same. I am waiting for their feedback. Everybody is busy preparing for the league and we would like our players and coaches not to have excuses, that’s if only both of us (AFC-Gor) will be invited on a round table and agree on suitable date, insisted Kituyi.