NAIROBI, Kenya, November 3- Assistant Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Kabando Wa Kabando reiterated on Wednesday that Football Kenya Limited (FKL) has no legal mandate to ban any sports arena in the country.
Kabando who issued a statement in Parliament said that sports bodies including the Kenya Premier League should liaise with the Sports Stadia Management Board (SSMB) to ensure their activities are run under secure conditions.
“It is unfortunate that FKL had to issue such misleading instructions when they have no right to do so,” said Kabando.
“Whereas FKL have a right to ban their teams from holding events in the stadium, they do not have any legal mandate to ban any event in this country which are obviously not owned by them,” he added.
FKL director Titus Kasuve responded to Kabando’s statement by saying that they do not own the stadia but they have simply banned their members from using those facilities.
“We do not own those stadiums. What we are simply doing is stopping the clubs who are our members which are under us from playing in those stadiums,” said Kasuve.
“Even the stadiums that are banned all over the world, none of them are owned by FIFA. The government should respect us because we are their biggest clients,” he added.
On the issue of having the ban temporarily lifted on City to allow Gor Mahia to play Sony Sugar, Kasuve said that it was a remote possibility.
“All the 16 premier league clubs are equal. There will be no preferential treatment for anyone of them,” stated Kasuve.
FKL last week banned the use of both Nyayo National and City Stadiums following the tragic stampede that took place during the AFC Leopards and Gor match.
The governing body said that both arenas which are based in Nairobi will remain off limits to football activities until FIFA safety and security regulations are met.
KPL Chief Executive Jack Oguda said that the league will continue to abide by FKL’s decision and called on the body to government to come up with solutions to solve the problems afflicting both City and Nyayo Stadiums.
“As much as we appreciate the government’s help in this matter, there is no way we can hold matches there (Nyayo and City) unless FKL tells us otherwise because they are under FIFA,” said Oguda.