Football Kenya Federation boss says no turning back on licensing

By Gilbert Wandera: Sunday, March 12th 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Athletics
President FKF Nick Mwendwa giving grace period of 7days, which ends on Dec 16, to clubs for Document submission at Hotel Panafric on Thursday, Dec 8, 2016. [PHOTO: JONAH ONYANGO/STANDARD]

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa says the federation will not be deterred in implementing club licensing.

This is despite a Sports Dispute Tribunal ruling that overturned the federation’s decision to relegate Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka.

Speaking on the ruling, the federation boss said they will respect it, but insisted that the process will continue.

“The court has spoken and we respect the decision.

“However, we want to state clearly that this process will continue next year and the two clubs are asked to adhere to it or get relegated,” he said.

“This process is geared towards streamlining the management of the league and was never done with any malice.

“We welcome Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth back to the top league but they have to adhere to the licensing rules.

We will rectify the manual as ordered by the court.” Mwendwa further said that plans to host next year’s Africa Nations Championships are on course.

“We have been assured by CAF that the tournament will be held in Kenya and at the moment, I am happy with the progress at some of the venues.

“Our team is on the ground working hard to ensure everything goes on well,” he said.

He also announced that CAF will open an office in Kenya in June to support the tournament’s Local Organising Committee.

He reiterated his confidence that Kenya stands to gain from the CAF elections where Ahmad Ahmad beat Issa Hayatou.

“This was Kenya’s win and we are proud to have been part of it and we expect good things from the new administration.

“There is a possibility that the number of teams at the Africa Cup of Nations finals could increase as from 2021 and this is a good thing,” he added.