The two teams are scheduled to play at Nyayo Stadium this weekend, with both sides keen on winning the game to secure the bragging rights.
With Tusker and KCB leading the title race, Kenya’s two most popular clubs have been reduced to mere participants, and what they are targeting is to finish as high as possible.
The defending Football Kenya Federation Premier League champions Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards have written a joint letter to FKF president Nick Mwendwa threatening to boycott Saturday’s league Mashemeji Derby if they are not paid their dues.
“Whereas you [FKF] are obliged to make monthly payments of sponsorship grants, you have intentionally neglected, failed and/or refused to remit to us the said sponsorship grants in time and sometimes at all. To this end you have failed and/or refused to remit to us in full the Startimes, BetKing and Youth Team sponsorship as of date,” read a joint letter signed by Ambrose Rachier and Dan Shikanda and obtained by Goal.
“In addition, whereas the sponsorship of [FKF] Shield Cup has been paid to you by the sponsors, you have neglected, failed and/or refused to give the winning club and the runners up their due and rightful payment.
“You have neglected, failed and/or refused to remit Ksh 2 million to Gor Mahia and Ksh 1 million to AFC Leopards as the respective winners and runners up of the [FKF Shield] Cup.
“This is, therefore, to inform you that unless all the outstanding sponsorship grants and the [FKF Shield] Cup sponsorship money of Ksh 2 million to Gor Mahia and Ksh 1 million to AFC Leopards is paid by 4.00 pm 30th July 2021, we will not honour the league match slated for Saturday 31st July 2021.”
But FKF insists that the match will go on as scheduled