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Sunday, October 1, 2023

Kenya: Wazito retain FKF Premier League status with playoff win, Tusker FC and Vihiga Queens excluded from CAF competition

Wazito were on the verge of losing their top flight status in Kenyan football but the Nairobi based club did just enough to remain in the FKF Premier League following a 3-2 second leg defeat at Murang’a SEAL FC on Sunday. A 2-1 home victory in the first leg made the second leg a tough one to navigate for Wazito but after going down 2-0 by halftime they rallied to win the second half and the two goals on the road allowed them to win the tie on the away goals rule.

Dennis Munyovi scored both first half goals for the National Super League side Murang’a to put the second tier club on the verge of reaching the top flight before Curtis Wekesa grabbed a goal for Wazito soon after halftime to level the tie 3-3. Hosts Murang’a appeared to have snatched the advantage back with Fabian Adikiny’s headed goal around the hour mark but Wazito’s Michael Owino nodded in the crucial away goal in the final ten minutes to give his side the slight advantage.

In other Kenyan football news, 2021-22 FKF Premier League winners Tusker FC and Kenyan Women’s Premier League champions Vihiga Queens FC will not be taking part in the 2022-23 CAF Champions League and 2022-23 CAF Women’s Champions League respectively due to the ongoing FIFA suspension of Kenyan footballing body Football Kenya Federation (FKF). Currently being run by a transition committee after allegations against the prior administration of misappropriated funds among other infractions, FIFA has continued to take a hard stance against the Kenyan government’s “interference” in the country’s footballing affairs with Kenya’s national teams and club sides continuing to be excluded from CAF competitions.