• KPL,FKL on a collision path over Harambee Stars

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May 18, 2011-

A major stand-off  that could throw Kenyan football into disarray is looming between Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and  Football Kenya Limited (FKL).

This is after KPL rebuffed FKL’s orders to reschedule league matches slated for May 27th-28th to enable the national soccer team prepare for an upcoming Africa Nations Cup qualifying match against Angola.

FKL’s second vice chairman Titus Okul, who is also in charge of the competitions, on Wednesday said that KPL’s failure to adhere to the order could spell trouble.

“Since KPL has refused to cooperate with us for this assignment, we are left with no choice, other than calling off league matches for next weekend. All the players named in the national team should report to camp on Monday without fail”, Okul said.

Earlier KPL came out strongly and resisted a plea made on Tuesday by Harambee Stars Management Board (HSMB)to reschedule next week’s games.

KPL CEO Jack Oguda asked the Stars Board to stop blaming the league organizers after failing to adequately plan.

“The media reports we are reading are far fetched. Anyone pointing a finger at KPL is looking for excuses because everything we are doing is under the stipulated regulations”, Oguda said.

He said that  preparing for a league match at the moment entails several modalities ranging from broadcasting rights owner, ticketing and security.

FKL’s technical director however questioned Oguda’s credentials and dared him to disregard the order.

“This is a joint exercise by the Government to prepare the national team. We will be writing to Supersport to inform them that no matches will be played next week. Oguda should not abuse his office”, Okul said.

This development will be followed curiously by the country’s soccer fraternity to see who blinks first in the latest instalment of sideshows in the Kenyan football.

The circus all came to the fore after Harambee Stars coach  Zedekiah “Zico” Otieno requested KPL to move this month’s mid-week fixtures forward to enable him prepare for the match against Angola on June 4th.

Zico is now faced with a double headache of sourcing for an assistant coach; after the resignation of his assistant Salim Ali was confirmed.

The national team is scheduled to depart the country next week for a five-week training camp in Namibia before the Angola tie.



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