FKF boss Nyamweya insists that the league shall be renamed as FKF- Premier League and any other name suggestion will have to be deliberated onFKF chairman Sam Nyamweya has thrown the spanner into the works just a day after the Kenyan Premier League sealed a deal with East African Breweries Limited (EABL) to sponsor the league by insisting that they (federation) must be involved in the renaming of the same.
Nyamweya scoffed at suggestions by KPL that the Kenyan league will be renamed Tusker Premier League (TPF) but instead, said the federation, stakeholders and government “must be involved in renaming the premiership.”
In a move that could put the two bodies at logger heads once again, Nyamweya insisted that according to the federation’s constitution, the league shall be known as FKF-Premier League and any other name suggestion will have to be deliberated on.
“The new football constitution which is in the implementation phase clearly states that the top league in Kenya shall be named FKF Premier League.’’
“We have to abide by the constitution, but we will be giving further direction on the matter.’’
KPL administrators on Tuesday agreed a deal in principle with giant alcohol manufacturer EABL over the sponsorship of the local top flight football league.
Under the deal, KPL will receive Kshs55 million per year for three years with each of the 16 clubs set to benefit from more funds.
Nyamweya however, hailed the sponsorship deal that is worth Sh170 million saying, “This is a positive step towards the growth of Kenyan soccer and we welcome it.”
When contacted, KPL CEO Jack Oguda disagreed with Nyamweya saying the change of name had been agreed on principle.
“This is an agreement that was reached by all parties and the federation was part of it. Though legally the league is under FKF, we agreed that for marketing purposes it is renamed Tusker Premier League as it is the norm world wide,” Oguda told Goal.com.