By Capital FM

Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa has said they are willing to incur extra expenses of bringing in two additional teams into the league as the Federation goes on with its push for an 18-team league next season.

Mwendwa said this on Thursday evening as he was being cross-examined at the Sports Disputes Tribunal on the second day of full hearing in a case presented by the Kenyan Premier League.

He said they are willing to forego their annual grant of Sh10mn from KPL as well as top it up with a Sh5mn sum which sponsors SportPesa have expressed willingness to add, and will increase it from within their own accounts to ensure the league goes on without hitch.

“Each team is entitled to Sh7.5mn a season in grants and that makes it Sh15mn for the two extra teams. In our own small calculations with experience in running the National Super League, Sh5mn is enough for all the administrative costs of these two teams. So with Sh20mn, we will be able to effectively have these two teams play,” Mwendwa told the Sports Tribunal.

He adds that the Federation has its coffers full and it will be no problem financing the two teams with a Sh70mn per year sponsorship from SportPesa, Sh125mn per year grant from FIFA and a further Sh20.5mn per year from CAF.

The FKF head gave this as one of his prayers to the tribunal, on top of asking it to throw out the case presented by KPL.