Nairobi, Nakuru reap, Naivasha to suffer from KPL miss
23 December 2013, 15:18
Nairobi - With KRA and Top Fry AllStars being promoted to the Kenyan Premier League, the top flight will be smaller in terms of countrywide outreach as compared to 2013.
KRA are based in Nairobi while Top Fry are in Nakuru, places which already have established KPL teams.
The taxmen will add to the already full Nairobi roster which boasts of Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Tusker FC, Sofapaka, KCB, Nairobi City Stars and Mathare United.
Top Fry will on the other hand join the Ulinzi Stars in Nakuru.
With Oserian and then Karuturi Sport being relegated in consecutive years, there will be no club in Naivasha for the first time in years, while Kakamega will be a team poorer with Homeboyz' relegation, though Western Stima are still in the top flight.
No Premier League football will especially hurt Naivasha which will miss out on the television coverage as well as visits by fans of the big sides like AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia.
" It is a blow to the region and the town will miss the football but also the economic value of having the KPL in town. AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia fans visit every season and leave millions of shillings behind. We will miss those, Kenneth Wafula Team Manager of Division One side Finlays Horticulture quips.
He also says that potential talented players from the region will find it harder to make it up the ranks.
" When we had two teams here in the 2012 season (Oserian, Karuturi), there was lots of potential players who got the chance to try out in the Premier League. We will not have that for next season, he added.
The town will suffer for the coming season but all efforts are geared towards ensuring that the situation changes in 2015.