The tussle between Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and Football Kenya Federation (FKF) is nowhere near an end after the federation suspended the 2017 Premier League until further notice as well as opening disciplinary cases against four KPL officials.
This is after the league managers on Monday went ahead to release fixtures for the 2017 season which had only 16 teams against FKF’s directive of an 18-team league and also include Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka who were relegated after failing to meet club licensing requirements.
Speaking on Tuesday, FKF boss Nick Mwendwa said they have invited members of the Joint Executive Committee (JEC) for a final meeting at the Sports Dispute Tribunal on Wednesday seeking to iron out the issues after which a decision on new league dates will be reached.
“KPL and FKF have been at war for over 14 years. We have been doing this over and over again and we can’t keep extending these wars,” infuriated Mwendwa said.
The federation’s National Executive Commentate passed a resolution to open disciplinary proceedings against KPL Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda, Chairman James Musyoki, his vice Ambrose Rachier and Mathare United chairman Bob Munro for going against the federation’s directives despite being part of the JEC.
“FKF disciplinary committee will follow due process and summon individuals to be heard and they will pass a ruling after for us to implement. The three have brought the game into disrepute. We take serious exceptions as a federation in what KPL said in their statement as well as Rachier’s letter going against clear directives,” Mwendwa declared.
This follows the press statement released by KPL on Monday outlining the league’s structure for the new season adding on to Rachier’s letter late last week that Muhoroni and Sofapaka will play in the league despite being demoted.
“These same people have been at the JEC when we sat and agreed things and now they are going against the very same things we reached resolutions on. Those are blatant lies they are spreading and we can’t as a federation accept because we have facts. There are consequences when you don’t follow regulation,” Mwendwa noted.