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Nyamweya quells KPL purge reports

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NAIROBI, Kenya, November 4- The President of Football Kenya Association (FKA), Sam Nyamweya, has dismissed quotes attributed to him regarding policy issues such as promotion of clubs to the Kenyan Premier League and SuperSport broadcast rights.

“It has come to my attention that some people are attributing quotes to me purporting to discuss promotion of teams from Nationwide Leagues and the SuperSport deal with Kenyan Premier League,” Nyamweya said on Friday.

“I repeat it again. Everything touching on policy matters is something to be discussed exhaustively with the National Executive Committee.”

He added: “Please we urge the media and every stakeholder to treat anything that would ruffle our partners and sponsors with a pinch of salt.”

“We have had enough of wrangles and it is prudent that we speak in one voice. The issue of promotion of clubs to the premier league will be addressed by both sides after extensive consultation.”

Earlier reports from the football chief who marks his first week in charge of the country’s football following his election in the unified elections had indicated he had ordered a review of KPL’s deal with SuperSport said to be close to Sh1b.

He had also apparently differed with the mode of promotion of clubs from the second tier Nationwide league to the top flight.

Meanwhile, with the KPL league coming to its climax, leaders Tusker who last lifted the big eared trophy in 2007 look set to inch closer to being crowned the country’s top league club this weekend.

They face a tricky clash against KCB at Nairobi’s City Stadium on Saturday where victory could haul them six points clear of titleholders Ulinzi who have two matches on hand after their abandoned ties against Sofapaka and Chemelil were ordered to be replayed.

“The title chase has changed since Ulinzi got a lifeline to replay two of their matches but we don’t want to worry about that; it’s about us winning our games,” Tusker coach, Sam Omollo told SuperSport.com.

Ulinzi take on smarting Sony Sugar who lost to third place Gor Mahia 2-1 on Wednesday at their Afraha Stadium backyard in another cagey match.

Sofapaka, who saw their late charge for the title brought to a shuddering halt by Mathare United who handed them a 3-1 defeat on Wednesday, will seek to recover when they visit Rangers who started the league like a house of fire but their momentum has derailed in the second leg.

But the sponsor less hosts still sit in the fourth position, a place and a point above the 2009 KPL champions whose coach; Francis Kimanzi was named as the Harambee Stars head coach on Wednesday.

Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega will be setting for a bruising battle between hosts Western Stima in 11th and sixth placed Chemelil Sugar, while AFC Leopards who have strung impressive second leg results welcome doomed Congo United at their alternate Mumias Complex home ground.

Bandari visit Karuturi to round off Saturday fixtures hoping to delay their imminent relegation by topping the all but safe flower men.

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