KPL now says league will continue

As expected, KPL chair Jack Oguda is insisting that the annoucement by FKF Chair Nick Mwendwa is void

Additional reporting from the Nation

The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has dismissed an announcement by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa cancelling the current season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The league was earlier suspended in March after the government’s directive banning the use of public sporting facilities, inter-county travel, and dusk to dawn curfew, among other measures meant to control the spread of the deadly virus.

Mwendwa declared the league cancelled in a series of tweets on Thursday and declared title holders Gor Mahia the winners.

KPL have in turn declared that a decision on how or when the league will end can only be made by them.

“As we reluctantly take note of your communication regarding FKF’s decision to end the KPL 2019/20 season prematurely, we once again wish to reiterate our position on this matter which we stated before. It is still our insistence that any decision concerning the status and the fate of the league should be made by the Kenyan Premier League as we are the body mandated to run the Kenyan Premier League,” KPL CEO Jack Oguda wrote to FKF on Friday.

The letter further stated: “FKF’s decision to end the league, without consulting the Kenyan Premier League, contravenes various clauses in the FKF-KPL Agreement and the SDT Ruling on the FKF-KPL Agreement.

“The agreement is clear on the obligations of KPL and FKF in as far as management of the Kenyan Premier League is concerned and, therefore, KPL would like clarification on which organ within FKF’s structure met, deliberated, and made a decision regarding the status of the league.”

SDT RULING

KPL also urged FKF to respect the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) recent ruling that ended the term of the federation’s National Executive Council (NEC).

“We seek to know this considering that the SDT Ruling of March 17, 2020, stated that the term of the FKF National Executive Committee (NEC) had ended. KPL is bound to that SDT Ruling and implementing any purported decisions emanating from unauthorised persons will amount to contempt of court. As a Law-abiding institution, KPL would like to avoid doing so,”

The Sports Dispute Tribunal indeed ruled that the FKF NEC’s mandate had lapsed and also called for the formation of a normalisation committee to run the affairs of the federation pending national elections

Oguda also posed: “FKF’s decision to end the league on the plain pretext that CAF asked for information regarding strategies put in place to ensure the conclusion of the KPL 2019-­20 season reeks of malice. Would FKF have made that decision if CAF had not sought clarity?”

The league body said it was eager to end the current season once the coronavirus curve had been flattened in the country.

Oguda argued that it was still possible to finish the league by the end of July 2020.

He termed FKF’s declaration as “knee jerk reactions” that did not explore other avenues which would give teams a sporting chance.

Oguda said that a Governing Council decision on the best and most practical way forward would be decided once the Government lifted the ban on public gatherings including resuming matches.

FKF President Nick Mwendwa, however, insisted they followed the football rules on ending the league prematurely and the same applied to all the other top football club competitions in the country.

Accordingly, Nairobi City Stars, who were at the helm of the National Super League, have been promoted to the KPL while Chemelil Sugar has dropped to the second-tier competition.

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6 thoughts on “KPL now says league will continue

  1. I really doubt the continuation of KPL. The Covid-19 positive cases keep rising day by day. The government had also closed sporting events and use of all sporting facilities due to social distancing.

    Let KPL have their fight. I doubt they will go far. I think they have lost it. Imagine these (Covid 19) cases are now spreading far and wide to other counties.

    Lets prepare for the next season. This is gone and dusted. We have won it and deservedly so.

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  2. Mwendwa should first give a verdict on Gors status in the FKF cup (Gor failed to honor the match) as that is directly under his jurisdiction; KPL is not.

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  3. One deluded man called Oguda has lost all credibility fighting FKF in a war he knows he cannot win. KPL lost all moral authority to run the KPL when they failed to get sponsorship for the top league or to secure a trophy to be handed over to the league winner. Oguda should just let FKF be and plan on what to do post 2019/20 season.

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  4. Do we care anymore? We loathe both KPL and FKF so much. We care less. What we know is ” gini marwa”.

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  5. And also before KPL is disolved in July as their contract is expiring We should move very fast and attach all the property they have in their office before they vandalize or transfer because they owe us 4 M for wining the league law season.

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