Kenyan Football Federation and Kenyan Premier League limited are at loggerheads over the country’s top league composition.
It started with a push from FKF to extend the topflight league from 16 to 18 teams and as if everything was flowing in the right direction, an explosion emanated from KPL. And with days moving faster, Kenyan football fans are the ones suffering as the ‘war’ intensifies.
They (fans) are literally stranded and kept guessing on league kick-off. They are simply deprived of their happiness and opportunity to watch their beloved players on the pitches. They are not sure when they will cheer up their beloved teams. The war-spikes are shooting directly on them.
KPL are against the federation’s idea of promoting Vihiga United and KCB from National Super League in place of Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka, who were 'relegated' for failing to comply with Caf Club Licensing requirements.
They insist that the federation cannot just promote teams which did not qualify on the pitch, and condemn the idea of promoting six teams from the second tier league instead of four as was agreed earlier. They strongly feel that Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka proved their worth in the field and that they cannot be dropped to NSL.
The body has even moved with speed to release a 16-team 2017 fixture as they wait to add Zoo Kericho and Nakumatt once the federation provides the additional finances.
This has been rubbished by the FA who insists that the 2017 league must have 18 teams without Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka. President Nick Mwendwa suspended the KPL fixtures and opened legal proceedings against top KPL officials over the same.
Football lovers and stakeholdres in Kenya are still in the dark with hopes that the impasse is resolved in good time to pave way for 2017 league kick-off.