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KPL forced to apologise to Sports Tribunal

17:25 GMT+3 12/04/2017
Kenya Premier League Limited officials - Jack Oguda and Ambrose Rachier
The league body were on Tuesday forced to apologise on a statement that irked Sports Tribunal after SuperSport exit

Kenyan Premier League Limited Chief Executive Jack Oguda was in the dock on Tuesday after the Sports Tribunal took issue with a statement released last Friday.

The statement was released hours after broadcasting company SuperSport announced they had terminated sponsorship with KPL. Tribunal chairman John Ohaga said they had taken issues with the statement from KPL because it looked to blame the Tribunal for firm’s exit. "We take issue with the statement which among other things blamed us for your woes. That was a serious allegation and has exposed the tribunal to embarrassment,” said Ohaga.

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In response, Oguda said it was regrettable and apologised. "Everything happened so fast. We were not expecting them to terminate the contract and the statement is therefore, regretted. We will prefer a formal apology to the Tribunal."

On Tuesday, FKF moved to engage SuperSport with the aim of having the South African company rescind its decision to terminate the contract. “From the two meetings we have resolved that it is in our interest and that of Kenyan football to have SuperSport back on air. As such the federation has moved with speed to engage SuperSport in a bid to remedy the situation and have the company rescind its decision to terminate its contract with the KPL.

“We have further made it clear to SuperSport that despite being the institution duly recognized to oversee all footballing activities in the country, we have not only delegated the mandate to commercially organise the top tier League to the KPL limited until the year 2020 but are also willing to provide any warrants that might be required to demonstrate the same,” FKF President Nick Mwendwa told the federation’s web-portal.

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SuperSport have so far switched all Kenyan related shows on their channels; the latest being MchakaMchaka which went off, days after announcing the contract termination.