NAIROBI, Kenya, February 5 – Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has threatened to write to CAF to request for immediate withdrawal of champions Gor Mahia from the African Champion league.
According to the Federation, Gor declined to respond to the Federation’s request to have them confirm their participation in the competition as is required by CAF.
In a letter addressed to club chairman Ambrose Rachier, FKF said, “We regrettably note that our request to have confirmation of Gor Mahia’s participation in the CAF Champions League has not been done, which is a basic requirement by CAF.
“The Federation has no option but to write to CAF and have Gor Mahia FC withdrawn from the Champions League and the sanctions arising therefore meted on your club.”
The comes minutes after K’Ogalo posted on their official website that they will be taking part in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL)’s 16 team.
Club deputy secretary general Anima Oketch confirmed the development shortly after an executive meeting held on Thursday.
“As a club we respect the existence and support of the FKF but we wish to confirm that Gor supports and will be part of the KPL in the new season 2015.
“The club executive has made a resolution to work with KPL in as far as matters premier league are concerned and we will be going out to defend our title,” Oketch announced.
The club has also vowed to honour and participate in the continent’s top tier competition the Champions League with plans to host Madagascar side CNAPS in the preliminary round of first-leg next weekend underway.
“We will duly honour our Champions League fixtures, both home and away. The team is already preparing for our first match and we will be ready to host the visitors when they arrive,” Oketch added.
There has been a rift between KPL and FKF with the latter proposing the expansion of the league to 18 teams, a move that KPL opposed therefore looming formation of a parallel leagues.