Kenya Cup league sea­son cut from 25 to 19 weeks

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY WILLIAM NJUGUNA /

The 2016-2017 Kenya Cup sea­son will be short­ened from 25 to 19 weeks ac­cord­ing to Kenya Rugby Union di­rec­tor of fix­tures Musa Ndale.

This fol­lows an up­roar over the length of the sea­son with clubs and stake­hold­ers fear­ing play­ers will burnout. In a raft of changes fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tion with the 12 con­test­ing teams, Ndale said the teams will be split into two con­fer­ences with teams play­ing each other, as well as cross over matches for 15 matches. The re­main­ing three weeks will fac­tor in play­offs and fi­nals.

There are pro­pos­als for the league to have quar­ter­fi­nals , semi­fi­nals and fi­nal sim­i­lar to last sea­son with the top six teams qual­i­fy­ing for the play­offs at the end of the sea­son. The teams fin­ish­ing first and sec­ond will have home ground ad­van­tage in the semi­fi­nals. The league will now start on Novem­ber 5 in­stead of Oc­to­ber 22 as ear­lier planned and end in May. Ndale said they had taken into con­sid­er­a­tion the pro­pos­als to have a bal­anced sea­son and to re­duce player work­load.

“Hav­ing a 25 week sea­son means we are play­ing for six months which will not be ten­able. So we have cut it down by six weeks to en­sure our play­ers are fresh, fit and well con­di­tioned to han­dle the rigours of in­ter­na­tional rugby” Ndale added. A new set of fix­ture is set to be re­leased in up­com­ing weeks. Else­where Home­boyz new sign­ing Charles Omondi has been ruled out for six months with a leg in­jury sus­tained at the Christie Sev­ens last month.

Home­boyz head coach Paul Mu­runga con­firmed Omondi will be out of the soon to start Kenya Cup till March 2016 with his ear­li­est par­tic­i­pa­tion set to come in April. Though he rues Omondi’s ab­sence, Mu­runga is con­soled by the num­bers on his side as the Kenya Cup sea­son draws close.


Collins Shikoli (L) of Home­boyz tack­les Michael Wanjala of KCB dur­ing their Kenya Cup quar­ter fi­nal tie at Jamhuri Park in Nairobi on April 23.

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