Kenyan Premier League kick-off date has finally been set to be February 27, by the Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT).
Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa confirmed on Friday afternoon that the Kenyan Premier League edition of 2017 will start with 16 teams.
This happens contrary to a recent agreement between FKF and KPL to have an 18 team league.
The newly promoted sides;Nzoia United,Kariobangi Sharks,Nakumatt FC and Zoo Kericho plus 12 others on the top tier will be part of the initial fixtures. This sums up to 16 teams set to battle it out for the maiden trophy this season.
According to the ruling made on Friday afternoon, the top tier league stands with 16 teams for the start. The ‘relegated’ Sofapaka Fc and Muhoroni Youth together with KCB and Vihiga United who were initially promoted by KPL will have to wait for the final ruling on their case.
The league was earlier meant to begin on 11th Feb which is this weekend but due to the frequent misunderstandings between the two governing bodies of the game led to FKF suspending KPL.
After the suspension, KPL also went ahead to call off the league’s kick off.
A number of meetings were scheduled between the two sides to find a lasting solution to the existing issues. However, all went in vain as KPL chairmen failed to gather with the reason that one of their colleagues was ailing.
Nick Mwendwa is impressed by the move. He believes it is a perfect way forward as well.
“Well, no more meetings now, it is set and it is high time we moved forward. We don’t want to continue with the old ways of doing things; as FKF, we are happy”. Mwendwa commented.