Football Kenya Federation have suspended the 2017 Kenyan Premier League.
A stage for ‘the real football management drama’ has been set in Kenya following the federation’s Tuesday announcement which has disapproved KPL fixtures and top officials ahead of league kick-off.
There has been a battle between KPL and FKF over the number and teams which are eligible to take part in the country’s topflight league and the cold war heightened on Monday when KPL released the 2017 league fixtures with 16 teams instead of 18 as was expected by FKF.
Also of interest was the omission of Nakumatt and Zoo Kericho; teams whose inclusion would have formed an 18-team league if KCB and Vihiga United could have been promoted in place of Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka as was announced by FKF earlier.
Speaking at a press briefing held at Goal Project offices, FKF President announced that the federation will not recognize KPL from now henceforth. He ordered referees, match commissioners and any other officials from the federation to keep off the fixtures released by KPL as they wait for a ‘legitimate’ league.
Furthermore, he explained that the federation will open a disciplinary proceeding against KPL CEO Jack Oguda, Chairman James Musyoki, Vice-Chairman Ambrose Rachier and Mathare United chairman Bob Munro for fueling the ‘war’.
It will be intriguing to see how and when the league will commence with more developments still expected.