KPL furious over FKF's 'growing interference'

By francis marangu
Oct 30, 2014
  • FKF Chairman Sam Nyamweya.(Photo:SNA File)

Kenyan Premier League, KPL, will hold a governing council meeting on Friday morning where their sweet-bitter relations with Football Kenya Federation,FKF, will be top among the agenda for discussion.

The meeting was requested by the executive committee that met on Thursday to review developments in the past few days.

KPL is seemingly unhappy with the manner in which the federation has been overruling their decisions touching on conflict resolution arising from league matches.

A case in point are two controversial league matches; the pending AFC Leopards versus Sony Sugar and the abandoned tie between Muhoroni Youth FC and Tusker FC.

FKF overruled KPL in both instances and things got worse after the federation awarded Muhoroni their tie against Tusker even after KPL had ruled otherwise.

It is not clear whether KPL will abide by the decision as their latest league standings reflect Tusker with 51 points from 28 games.

FKF undermines integrity  

That could be one of the major decisions to come out of the Friday meeting.

KPL CEO Jack Oguda on Thursday after the executive committee meeting said:

“The members all expressed their dismay and concern that over the last two years there has been a growing disrespect by FKF for the rule of law in Kenyan football. Also, there is increasing interference in the established appeals procedures and work of the independent judicial bodies.”

The meeting concluded that actions by FKF continuously undermined the integrity as well as reputation of the Kenyan Premier League which has to be protected.

In an indirect reference to the FKF appeals committee that has rescinded previous decisions by KPL, the league managers sought to assert their authority.

“Members expressed their determination to resist any attempts by non-judicial bodies to undermine or usurp the role and duties of the independent judicial bodies.”

Another tussle was in the offing after FKF banned Gor Mahia fans from attending club matches over hooliganism.

Gor Mahia to play in Muhoroni

Consequently, venue for the Gor Mahia and Muhoroni Youth match on Saturday was changed to Kasarani from Kisumu Stadium.

An appeal by the club to FKF on Wednesday offered reprieve and the match will now be hosted in Kisumu and fans allowed to attend awaiting outcome of the appeal.

Gor Mahia submitted their appeal to the federation on Wednesday insisting they had evidence to prove that chaos in Machakos was stage-managed.

“We believe the federation will not be promoting football by banning us to play in an empty stadium considering that we have our own financial challenges.” club secretary general Chris Omondi said.