Thursday Nov 21, 2019. 14:00
Cash-strapped Sony Sugar have been formally relegated from the Kenya Premier League after they failed to honour a third match of the season, the league has confirmed.
The club arrived late for a clash with Zoo FC on Wednesday, after the match officials had already awarded a walk-over to their opponents. Sony Sugar had failed to give the required 48-hour notice that they would not be honour the game.
“Sony Sugar management called me after the lapse of 48 hours that they would be late for the match. They didn’t notify us in writing and reached the venue when match referee had concluded the game would [not take place]. The law is very clear and as at now, they stand suspended and will definitely play next season in the lower league,” KPL CEO Jack Oguda told Nation Sport.
Sony Sugar have been struck hard by the cash crisis gripping Kenyan football following the pull-out of betting companies, including SportPesa.
They had already given walkovers to AFC Leopards and Tusker earlier in the campaign as they could not assemble a squad.
The next club in danger is Chemelil Sugar, who have handed two walkovers so far, including on Wednesday against KCB. One more and they will be struck out as well.