Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa has called on the clubs that are yet to comply with the CAF’s stipulated Club Licensing guidelines to do so by next Sportpesa Premier League season.
In a press briefing held on Saturday 18th at Utalii Hotel , FKF boss further added that no club will be allowed to participate in the top tier league next season without passed fit in accordance to club licensing regulations.
“I want to put it out clearly that no single club will be allowed to take part in the Kenyan Premier League come next season if it fails to comply with the CAF’s stipulated club licensing rules. My federation is ready to work with all clubs but the particular rules must be followed”, said Mwendwa.
The rules precisely stipulate that every premier club must honor the correct criteria in terms of its player’s remunerations. No club should hold back on player’s allowances and salaries and at the same time each club has to own its home stadium that will hold all the home matches of the particular club.
Recent casualties of CAF’s licensing guidelines are Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth Fc as their failure to compliance led to their temporal relegation by FKF. The clubs reacted by filing a case against their relegation by FKF before the Sports Dispute Tribunal in which the tribunal ruled in their favor earning them an immediate reinstatement to the country’s top tier league.
The Sports Dispute Tribunal ruled that FKF’s decision to relegate the particular clubs did not follow the right criteria basing on CAF’s directions. The Tribunal through its chairman, John Ohaga then passed the ruling as the court found the manual adopted by FKF to be defective and non-substantial in material.
However, Mwendwa stated that the licensing rules were introduced to impact change in Kenyan football and Africa at large but not to be hard on any club. The FKF boss however welcomed the ruling by the Sports Dispute Tribunal saying that time for board room meetings are over and football now has to be played in actual fields.
“I welcome the move by the STD and now the focus shifts to actual matches in our fields.The ups and downs are now behind us”, added Mwendwa.
Kenya is expected to host African Nations Championships next year (CHAN 2018) and the President has confirmed that CAF is fully behind Kenya to host the competitions. Renovations at various selected venues are currently underway and the inspection team from CAF will be in the country in June to deliver their final report.
Mwendwa also commented on the new CAF’s governance saying that it is a new dawn for African football. The long served CAF President Issa Hayatou was voted out and Ahmed Ahmed of Madagascar was voted in to hold the presidency of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).