Football Kenya Federation (FKF) is taking steps to ensure the Women’s Premier League (WPL) is run more professionally. The move comes after it emerged that Soccer Sister’s Purity Nyongesa’s injury could have been dealt with in a better way had she received medical attention on the pitch two weeks ago.
Nyongesa, a forward with Soccer Sisters, sustained an injury on her left eye while playing against Mombasa Olympic at Jericho’s Camp Toyoyo two weeks ago that has left her partially blind after failing to be treated on the pitch due to unavailability of an ambulance and trained medical personnel.
The federation has now taken it upon themselves to acquire ambulances and security services directly as opposed to leaving it to the clubs as was the case previously.
“It has been brought to our attention that it is a habit for some clubs to operate without such services despite the federation paying for the same. We will directly source for that now for every match,” said KF vice-president and head of women’s football Doris Petra, who confirmed that a deal has been reached with a provider, who will be paid after every match.
The league will be on a two-week break with round five matches expected to resume on June 10. Zone A leaders Thika Queens will be looking to extend their lead when they play hosts to Mathare Women in Thika as struggling Spedag FC travel to Nairobi for their clash against Kayole Starlets.
Kayole will be hoping to rise above injuries their players sustained in a road accident last week to pocket the three points as second-placed Mombasa Olympic host Makolanders at Mbaraki Stadium.
Thika Soccer Sisters take on Soccer Queens at Camp Toyoyo grounds while it will be a battle of the heavyweights when Zone B leaders Vihiga Queens play second-placed Wadadia FC at Mumias Complex as Palos Ladies take on Vihiga Leeds in Kisumu.
Eldoret Falcons who are in the middle of a technical bench reshuffle and have lost several players in the recent past will host Oserian Ladies at Kipchoge Keino Stadium as Debutants Bulemia welcome winless Nyamira Starlets at Butula Polytechnic.