Tag: Kenya football wrangles



5 Mar 15

The High Court has extended orders stopping the Kenyan Premier League Limited from organising league matches till next week.

The ruling was supposed to be made on Tuesday. It was then postponed to Thursday whereupon FKF and KPL were ordered to sit down and negotiate.

Some Gor Mahia fans were at Milimani courts including Jaro Soja

 

Lady Justice Roselyn Aburili on Thursday said that the orders granted by Justice Mbogholi Msagha on February 20, will remain in force until March 13 when a ruling will be made on whether certain KPL officials are in contempt of the said court order. This according to the Daily Nation.

The orders had been granted in an application filed by FKF who alleged that KPL, Kenya Football Referees Association (KFRA) and Sports Kenya, had approved a parallel premier league.

“The World Governing Body Fifa has warned that if Kenya runs a parallel league, the country shall be banned from participating in regional, continental and international football,” FKF had said in their court papers.

Perhaps the court is not aware that KPL was sanctioned to run the league in 2003 and again in 2006  because the league being run by KFF was too shambolic, prone to corruption and had too many boardroom decisions.

Seven KPL games were however played on the first week of the competition. Two FKF league matches were also played.

FKF, through its lawyer Eric Mutua, urged the judge to protect the dignity of the court by having the officials committed to civil jail for six months. He said they had served the order but it was adamantly ignored.

“This court should be firm on any person who disregards orders,” pleaded Mr Mutua.

KPL officials, through lawyers Geoffrey Obura and Ben Akech, told the court they were never served with the court order.

Mr Obura added that the said order was also ambiguous since it stopped KPL from organising parallel league matches yet it has been the body responsible for organising league matches since 2003.

“KPL has been organising league matches since 2003, a fact which has also been recognized by FKF. It is therefore unclear which league matches are parallel according to this court order,” explained Mr Obura.

The continued stalemate leaves KPL teams in a difficult spot since most of their revenue comes from gate collections, TV revenue from Supersport and the league sponsorship from Tusker, none of which will be forthcoming.

SUSPENDED FROM FOOTBALL

Meanwhile, former FKF officials Sammy Shollei and Dan Shikanda will on Friday know whether they will be enjoined in the case after the court makes a ruling on the matter.

The duo had been suspended for six years by FKF for taking an issue to court in contravention of FIFA statutes. It is ironic however that the very same FKF that suspended them has now taken KPL to court.

Gor Mahia take on Ulinzi Stars

Gor Mahia will play Ulinzi Stars on Saturday March 7 and the City Stadium. The friendly against the military side will be used to prepare for the Africa champions league tie against AC Leopards of Congo. Ulinzi coach Robert Matano will use the match to test the young players he recruited during the transfer window.

“The friendly will be important to us. We have just trained a few days after returning from Madagascar and given there will be no league match, I think we need a friendly with a top KPL team to prepare for the next match,” said coach Nuttall to supersport.com

According to information posted on the club site, the tickets are Ksh.500 for VIP tickets and Ks.200 for terraces. The match will kick off at 1500 hrs.

 

 


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20 Feb 15

Football Kenya Federation have promoted 13 teams from the nationwide league to participate in the FKF run league.

FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya said the new teams would replace the 13 top clubs who refused to play in the new 18-team competition.

“The new clubs will meet on Monday to come up with the new fixtures to the new league, which will kick off next Wednesday,” Nyamweya said.

The KPL however maintained that their own league will begin this weekend with all the 16 teams taking part – even though three of those teams have agreed to the rival fixture list too.

AFC to join FKF League ?

Other reports however indicate that AFC leopards and Muhoroni Youth have submitted a written request to FKF to be allowed to participate in the FKF league.

A report posted on goal.com says that a statement signed by Media Officer John Kariuki reveals that Ingwe and Muhoroni have written request to be included in FKF Premier League of 18-teams.

The statement read in part, “After Football Kenya Federation released list of clubs to take part in only sanctioned top tier league – FKF/PL – it was a beehive of activity at FKF Secretariat, with clubs in KPL requesting that they be allowed into legitimate league.

“First to troop back with a written request was AFC Leopards through Secretary George Aladwa as well as Muhoroni Youth. Most institutional clubs are also expected to shift their goal posts and jump into FKF/PL after their top management, who are their sponsors weighed their options of playing in an unsanctioned league.

“Football Kenya Federation has already informed its parent bodies Fifa/Caf on new composition of 2015 league and a communiqué will be issued before end of day today (Friday).”

But when reached for comment on whether they had written to FKF Ingwe secretary Aladwa told Goal, “We support an 18-team league but we are yet to officially write a letter to FKF. I am not the only official in AFC Leopards’ and such a decision can only be made at a NEC meeting.”

Minister Hassan Wario

Sports Minister Hassan Wario had earlier warned the two factions to reach an agreement by February 17 absence of which the government would take action. That date came and went with no government action. He has now warned that the government will not tolerate parallel leagues. But it remains to be seen what he can do. The last time there were parallel leagues in Kenya, the sports minister at the time forbid one faction from using government stadia.

Update: AFC deny joining FKF league

An updated report on goal.com now suggests that AFC have not joined the FKF league.

But in a shift rejoinder, Ingwe have denied they are part of FKF league and will instead feature in KPL league that kicks-off on Saturday. “On behalf of AFC Leopards I deny writting any letter to FKF about FKF/KPL stand-off. Our position and confirmation as a club about 2015 league will be communicated by Allan Kasavuli, club chairman.” says the statement.

Kasavauli has been in the neogiating team along with Ambrose Rachier of Gor Mahia, Elly Kalekwa of Sofapaka and Jack Oguda of KPL. It appears an FKF official released a deceptive statement.

This kind of stalemate however is not good for the game and needs to be resolved one way or another.


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