Wanyama urges Kenya to unite to avoid Fifa ban

EXCLUSIVE: The Southampton midfielder, speaking while receiving his award as Goal Kenya Player of the Year 2014, wants an end to a bitter dispute over the national league
By George Ankers

Kenya captain Victor Wanyama has urged an end to the bitter dispute over the country's national league.

The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) previously announced an intent to set up a new top division featuring 18 teams, while the existing Kenya Premier League (KPL) remains determined to continue with its 16 teams.

The stand-off has Kenya running the risk of a ban from Fifa and Wanyama, speaking to Goal while accepting his award for being voted Goal Kenya Player of the Year 2014, has hit out at the administrators involved for endangering the livelihoods of the players.

He remarked: "That's for the federation if the league has to be extended but I think they just have to stop the wrangling because they think too much about themselves and they should now try to think about the young players coming up and the players who are playing football to earn their living.

"They should think about that as well, not just thinking about themselves.

"If football is banned in Kenya, they don't lose but they should understand that football is a job for a lot of people. If Fifa now bans Kenya then a lot of people would lose their jobs."

Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke warned earlier in February that "we are not going to allow two leagues in the country" but time is running out to agree a solution.