Muhoroni Youth players with the 2017 Top 8 Trophy
Rejig in the KPL season calendar
By Imran Otieno | Tue 13 Feb, 2018 17:50

The Kenyan Premier League Top 8 is staging a comeback after a year of absence and with the re-inclusion of the tournament to the season calendar a few amendments have been made. The KPL Top 8 is scheduled to kick off on Saturday 28 of April with the finals and semi finals placed in June, the changes are also bound to affect league matches.

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The Top 8 is a tournament contested by teams that finished in the top eight bracket of table in the previous KPL season this means that Gor Mahia, Sofapaka, Kariobangi Sharks, Posta Rangers, Kakamega Homeboyz, Tusker, Ulinzi Stars and AFC Leopards are all in contention for the 2018 edition of the cup. Reigning champions Muhoroni Youth have no chance of defending their title as they finished bottom of the log and were subsequently relegated to the National Super League.

The Top eight tournament was earlier on scheduled to kick on Saturday March 3 but has been carried forward upon the request of a potential sponsor meaning that the tournament will start on 28 April.

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The league's midweek fixtures that were to kick off on Tuesday 6 March have now been brought forward to March 3 and 4 meaning that fans will have an early treat to the Ulinzi, Tusker game. April 21 was bound to be a busy day out with all the KPL teams playing on the same day but the fixture list has been de-congested meaning that the games will be divided on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22.

Round 13 midweek clashes of the KPL has also been brought forward to the weekend of Saturday 28 and Sunday 28 April instead of Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3. 

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The semi finals which are usually a two-legged affair are set to begin on Sunday June 3 with the second leg taking place a week later on Sunday June 10. The final showdown of the tournament will be on Sunday June 17 at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani. Gor Mahia and Tusker are the joint record holders of the cup having won two cups a piece. 

Imran Otieno
Twitter: @Imran_Otieno
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