Football Kenya Federation and the Kenyan Premier League have finally agreed on an 18-team league. KPL have opposed this idea since past chairman Sam Nyamweya first pushed the idea in 2014. Kogalo Chairman Ambrose Rachier has been foremost in opposing the idea. The issue as far as KPL is concerned was the fact that each club would get less sponsorship money. The tow parties finally agreed after a grueling five-hour meeting.
Sports Disputes Tribunal chairman John Ohaga also provided the assurance that all stops will be pulled to ensure that the league kicks off by February 11, and that the only issue remaining is to harmonise the new league’s budget.
“This is now behind us. It has been a gruelling journey, but there is now a clear direction about this issue. Both parties have agreed to institute a league comprising 18 teams, and the only pending issue is working out the exact figures. For this, both parties have agreed to send in their accountants tomorrow to agree on the financial details. Both parties have however agreed to cut costs and come up with a realistic figure which will be paid by the federation for the additional teams,” said Ohaga who is a former member of the Kenya national rugby team.
With four additional matches, depth will become critical due to increased injuries and more frequent games.
Meanwhile, the FKF Appeals committee is on Wednesday expected to make a ruling regarding the future of Sofapaka, Thika United and Muhoroni Youth in the top flight league. The three clubs were struck off the list of Kenyan Premier League clubs last month for failing to comply with club licensing rules.
Meanwhile GomaLotto will launching will be tomorrow Radisson Blue hotel in Nairobi. The event kickoff is at 6pm and only guests with cards are allowed. This according to club official Judith Nyangi,
Nyangi also noted that all players have reported to training with the exception of Walusimbi who is on national team duty. The Ugandan international has had a stellar tournament at the ongoing AFCON while playing in his traditional left back position. With Eric Ouma gone, Walusimbi could return to that position. Gor Mahia will leave for Uganda on February 2 and play Ondurapaka on February 4.