Local football fans shall have to wait bit longer before the start of the 2016 Kenyan Premier League season after Football Kenya Federation resolved to suspend the league until a decision on whether to increase the number of teams from 16 to 18 is reached upon.
During a press a conference held yesterday Goal Project offices by the FKF chairman Nick Mwendwa who stated that the suspension shall not only affect the Premier League officials but shall cut across players, match officials, and coaches who play their trade on the league he also added that further action shall be taken to anyone who shall engage in the league until FKF gives the go ahead but not before the issue on 18 teams is resolved.
“The relationship between FKF and KPL is that of a principle and an agent and it must remain as so. We will now and for the final time attempt to solve the matter with the mediation of the Sports Tribunal. Meanwhile, Kenyan Premier League remains suspended. This includes officials, teams and the league in general”, Mwendwa said.
The league which was scheduled to start over the weekend on the 10th of February, with the league organizers’ having already released the fixtures for the new season, including two teams Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth whom the FKF had suspended due to noncompliance on the CAF licensing act which amongst other things required that’s club show their sources of funding and make transparent their accounting systems and took issue on why two teams from the Super League Nakumatt FC and Zoo Kericho had been omitted from the expected 18 team league.
The chairman further singled out four top KPL officials and accused them of sabotaging the efforts to clean up the mess that has been witnessed in the football fraternity and vowed to open disciplinary proceedings against them. The four accused are KPL C.E.O Jack Oguda, KPL Chairman James Munyoki, Vice Chairman Ambrose Rachier, and Mathare United Chairman Bob Munro.