Football Kenya Limited has suspended Kenya Premier League Limited following a fresh row with thentier football league runners. The federation has also summoned with immediate effect KPL’s Jack Oguda (Chair) Ambrose Rachier, James Musyoki and Bob Munro to appear before its disciplinary committee.
The new developments were announced by federation president Nick Mwendwa in a Tuesday afternoon briefing held at the FA’s Gola Project offices at Kasarani. Mr Mwendwa says the back and forth tussle between the two stakeholders has necessitated the action, as they seem to agree whenever they apear in court, but quckly differ once they get outside. He has referred the matter back to the Judiciary ethics Comitte (JEC) which in past weeks dismissed the two bodies to come up with an agreement outside court.
The action was prompted by KPL’s release of an ambiguous fixture for the upcoming premier league season. The fixture comprised 16 teams rather than the 18 stated earlier by the federation. It did not include matches for four teams recently promoted to the top flight by the FA. Nakumatt, Zoo Kericho, KCB and Vihiga did not appear on the schedule. Their promotion has been contentious since it stemmed from the relegation of Thika United, Sofapaka and Muhoroni for failing to meet club licensing requirements.
What’s the implication?
The suspension means the football league season, scheduled to kick off just over a week from now, will have to be delayed further. Mwendwa has in his presser outlined that referees, commisioners and any other officials affiliated to FKF are not allowed to participate in any KPL event until the dispute is resolved.