FKF Suspends the KPL as the Tussle Continues

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Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa adressing the media at the Kasarani Goal Project. Mwendwa announces the suspension of the 2017 Kenyan Premier League

The tussel between Football Kenya Federation and KPL is yet to come to an end after the federation on Tuesday announced the suspension of  the 2017 KPL League following the discord between the two parties on the expanded league.

This comes a day after KPL released a fixture for 16 teams only.

FKF has accused KPL of defying the agreement between the two parties to have an 18-team top flight league in the 2017 season and has therefore called KPL for a final meeting to be held on Wednesday.

FKF invited Joint Executive Committee (JEC) to the meeting as the federation seeks to end the long term tussle in the presence of the Sport Dispute Tribunal (SDT) to discuss and agree on the way forward.

“The war between FKF and KPL has been there for 14 years and it has to come to an end. We have to do this in the presence of STD because that is the only way we can come to an agreement with KPL who never listens to to the federation”. Mwendwa says.

Mwendwa further stated that FKF has opened disciplinary charges against four top KPL officials including the C.E.O Jack Oguda, chairman Ambrose Rachier, vice chairman James Musyoki and Mathare united chairman Bob Munroe.

Mwendwa accused the four individuals for spearheading the ignorance in honoring the CAF club licensing rules. KPL went ahead to include Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka Fc in the just released fixtures locking out Nakumatt FC and Zoo Kericho as well as Vihiga United and KCB who were recently promoted to the top flight league.

“We are not going to allow clubs that have failed the club licensing criteria to participate in the league”.

He stated that “these individuals were in the meetings as the JEC appointed to discuss and agree on the way forward regarding the league expansion. We agreed that the federation will provide the monies to accommodate the additional teams. They do not have the authority to subvert the ruling to expand the league”.

“We shall provide the ksh 24 million to have the additional teams take part in the league”.

The federation also issued a warning that no FKF member will take part in the league that was set for this weekend.

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