Sony, AFC tussle renews KPL/FKF wars

By francis marangu
Oct 13, 2014
  • Allan Kasavuli, the AFC Leopards chairman urged KPL to stick to the original ruling that awarded his club the match against Sony Sugar. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Sam Nyamweya, FKF president warned top KPL officials he alleged ignored directives from FKF. (SNA File Photo)

A renewed standoff could be in the offing between Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and Kenyan Premier League (KPL) over the controversial league match between AFC Leopards and Sony Sugar.

The second leg match which was initially slated for August 6 at Awendo Green Stadium was not onored by Sony Sugar who vehemently protested about a chenge in the match venue.

Consequently, KPL awarded AFC Leopards a win and two goals. But Sony successfully appealed to the Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC).

A replay was ordered but AFC Leopards appealed to FKF Appeals Committee who upheld the earlier ruling by IDCC. It is from the ruling that KPL rescheduled the match to October 16 in Awendo but AFC Leopards came out on Monday saying they don't intend to honour the match on Thursday.

FKF has now flexed its muscles and ordered the match not to be played until security concerns with Awendo Green Stadium are addressed.

In a statement, federation president Sam Nyamweya said the ban on Awendo Stadium over security concerns still remains and therefore the said match cannot be played there.

The statement read in part: “All parties are hereby informed that the purported clearance of the Awendo Green Stadium by the KPL Sports Stadia Safety and Security Committee is null and void. Therefore, the match no. 158 Sony Sugar vs AFC Leopards SC scheduled for Thursday will not be played until the review of the appeal is heard and determined.”

Mandate cannot be questioned

Nyamweya noted that it is the sole responsibility of the federation to guarantee security of fans in local stadia insisting that mandate cannot be questioned. “FKF is at liberty to make decisions on any stadium if felt it is not safe.”

In what could further worsen their relations, Nyamweya sent out a warning to top officials at KPL who he alleged have a habit of ignoring directives from the federation.

He stated: “We also warn some KPL officials who violate directions of the federation that stern action will be taken against them especially GMT Otieno who has always gone against the directives of the federation.”

Precisely, Nyamweya said KPL was guilty of snubbing summons by the appeals committee to shed more light on matters surrounding the match. Thus, the committee made its ruling without necessary documents that could have assured AFC Leopards a fair hearing.

Speaking at a press conference in Nairobi, AFC Leopards chairman Allan Kasavuli and secretary general George Aladwa said KPL should stick to the initial ruling that awarded them all the points and two goals.

Unless the club formally communicates their decision to KPL on time for consideration, the match will proceed which might bring a controversial ending to the 2014 season.