By Otieno Otieno
Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has threatened to suspend AFC Leopards’ from the league if they do not cancel the television deal with Zuku TV.
The company’s Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda said on Thursday this remains an option after club officials declined to attend a meeting with them in the morning.
“We called them for a meeting on Thursday to discuss the issue but they never turned up. We are giving them time but if they do not cancel it, the option we have is to suspend them from the league,” Oguda told Goal.com.
“This is what the regulations provide for and if we have to go this way then we will do it,” he said.
Oguda accused the club of having gone behind their back to sign the deal pointing out that KPL had previously been against a similar deal with Smart TV two years ago.
“When we raised concern over the Smart TV deal, they cancelled it. We are expecting them to do the same.”
“If they want to enter into such deals in future, they must consult with us so that we are sure it does not infringe on the rights of SuperSport,” he added.
Out-going AFC Leopards chairman Alex Ole Magelo says he was not aware of the deal and insisted it was done behind his back.
“We risk being suspended. I am waiting for a letter from KPL and then summon an executive meeting to discuss the same. We cannot afford to jeopardize our relationship with SuperSport,” he said.
Magelo’s statement was in stark contrast to one by his vice-chairman Walter Onyino who supports the deal.
Goal.com exclusively revealed on Wednesday that KPL had written a letter to AFC Leopards demanding that the deal, which is worth Sh23 million is terminated.