Women Premier League (WPL) side, Gaspo Women, who led until a week ago were still in contention for the title, will not honour their final league match.
The James Ombeng’-coached side made an announcement on social media saying they have opted to give champions Vihiga Queens a walkover in Sunday’s match, without citing any particular reason for the move.
“We as Gaspo Women football club, have decided not to participate in #FKFWPL final match against Vihiga Queens FC scheduled on Sunday, 28th May 2023. This decision has come to be considered due to a number of reasons. We therefore will give out a walkover to the above-mentioned opponents.” the communication reads.
Reached for confirmation and explanation, team manager Edward Githua, declined to divulge the reasons that led to such a decision saying that they had written to the federation explaining their reasons for their intention not to honour the match.
“We decided to inform the federation and the opponent well ahead of time and they have a letter detailing our reasons,” Githua said. “If they had anything planned for Vihiga Queens’ coronation during the match, we had no such information and if anything, they have enough notice to change their plans.”
The Team Manager maintains that it has been a long season for his charges and since the match is dead rubber seeing as Vihiga Queens have already won the title, the players have decided to ‘rest’.
On 18 May, Gaspo drew with Ulinzi Starlets, a result that saw their title-hunt dealt a blow as they needed to win to reclaim top place. A 90 +5 penalty for the soldiers meant Gaspo go two points behind Vihiga.
The race was declared done and dusted on Sunday when Gaspo were held to a two-all draw by Wadadia while Vihiga picked a 2-1 win over Nakuru Queens to accumulate an unassailable 52 points with one match (against Gaspo) left.