Ugandan defender Franco Balabala suffered a second consecutive relegation from the Kenyan Premier League after his side, Mt. Kenya United dropped to the second tier on Saturday afternoon.
United, who had already dished out two walkovers owing to the club’s financial constraints needed to beat Sony Sugar on Saturday to remain in the top tier for at least one more week but a 3-1 defeat to the Millers saw them relegated to the second tier.
First half brace from In-form Derrick Otanga and another goal from Salmon Omollo put the visitors 3-0 up at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos before Brian Nyakan ensured his side went down with a consolation goal late in the game.
United is bottom on the table with 18 points. With three matches to go. In the unlikely event that they win the three games, they will hit the 27-point mark, one-point shy off Zoo FC who occupy the playoff spot.
The financial challenges that faced the former moneybags saw them issue two walkovers in the Kenyan Premier League this season. They failed to show up for their matches against Gor Mahia and Mathare United and have now gone down.
Balabala once again finds himself on the wrong side of relegation after suffering the same fate with Thika United at the end of 2018 season.
The future of the team remains uncertain with reports indicating that owner, Francis Mureithi who was a parliamentary seat aspirant during the 2017 election is not keen on bankrolling the team anymore.