The second tier league has now been reduced from 64 to 56 teams after eight teams were struck off the rest of the fixtures for failure of honoring fixtures.
The revelation was made in the updated table standings released by the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) at the end of games played last weekend.
The eight teams are Kericho, Kapsabet and Naivasha RFC from Rift Valley region, Sang’alo Institute and Kakamega RFC from Western Region as well as Machakos, Dagoretti Bulldogs and Kenya Methodist (KeMU) all from Nairobi Region.
The dismissal of the teams is as per an agreement made in pre season – that if a team failed to honor two games in a row then they had no further business in the league.
With Kericho, Kapsabet and Naivasha RFC now out, the Rift Valley league has been reduced to a nine-team league.
With KeMU out, the Nairobi Universities league will now be contested by nine teams while the Nairobi Clubs league is down to eight teams with the release of Bulldogs and Machakos.
With Sang’alo Institute and Kakamega RFC out, the Western Region B league has been left to a five team contest.
With the teams out, all associated results have also been struck off from the standings. As an example, Kericho RFC had honored a game against Kabarak, one they lost 13-0.
That result has been struck off from the standing as the corresponding four points for a win is not showing for Kabarak.
Speaking to ragahouse, Dagoretti Bulldogs founder David Orato admitted it has been a rough ride for the team in just their first season in the Nationwide.
“Lack of finances, coupled with player unavailability made it even hard to honor home fixtures. We hope to return to the league after a season or two once we get the necessary support to sustain us through the season,”
Bulldogs had played three games – against Comras, Nairobi Nationwide Champions Impala III and Mwamba III but had to throw in the towel.
For Kericho, lack of finances has dogged the promising side while for Kakamega, Machakos and Kapsabet RFC the teams have existed only on paper. Last season Kapsabet failed to honor a single game.
But as the number of clubs reduced in the three regions, teams in Central and Coast remains as is – a full set of eight teams.