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Football Kenya Federation: No other league than FKF Premier League

FOOTBALL By Rodgers Eshitemi | February 18th 2015
FKF Chairman Sam Nyamweya, left, and Mohamed Omar FKF NEC Member during a meeting in Nairobi. They annonced that the Kenya Premiere League, KPL, will be rebranded to FKF Premiere League. 2nd November, 2014. Photo/Jonah Onyango.

Football Kenya Federation Chairman Sam Nyamweya has said his federation will invoke world football governing body’s (FIFA) rules to enforce a FKF Premier League, which kicked-off last weekend.

This was after Kenyan Premier League officials led by Chairman Ambrose Rachier walked out on the federation in today’s meeting called to resolve the impasse over league composition at the Nairobi’s Southern Sun Hotel.

“We tabled our proposal and had accepted to allow them run the 18 team league. KPL told us they’ve no problem with 18 teams as along as we agree to some of their conditions. But that’s when Munro (Bob) and Musyoki (James) walked out. After a few hours, the remaining officials told us SuperSport and Tusker were against an expanded league, which I highly doubt,” said Nyamweya.

“After a series of talks, we agreed to vote but as we were preparing for the voting process, they started walking out saying they’ll have their own league.  As a federation, we’ve no option but follow FKF and FIFA statutes. We’ll have FKF Premier League and we give top tier clubs up to Thursday at 10 am to confirm their participation or else they’ll be replaced.”

Nyamweya further warned referees and match officials against officiating the 16-team KPL.

“We’ll never have two leagues in the country and any referee who will be found officiating that league will be suspended.”

The federation is expected to present their report of the collapsed meeting to Cabinet Secretary for Sports Hassan Wario tomorrow.

It remains to be seen how things pans out as KPL have insisted that their league will kick-off this weekend as scheduled.

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