NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 10- The Kenyan Premier League management says it is open to negotiations with Football Kenya Federation over the expansion of the top tier league next year to accommodate 18 teams.
There has been a stalemate over FKF’s wish to expand the league by a further two teams with KPL last month going to the Sports Tribunal stopping discussion of the same during the FKF Annual General meeting.
The fiasco has now invited the attention of world football governing body FIFA who wrote to FKF President Nick Mwendwa affirming that it was indeed the prerogative of the federation to dictate composition of its leagues.
“We therefore deem that the FKF is responsible for organising the top-tier competitions in Kenya and that any Kenyan league must be subordinate to the FKF. The FKF constitution foresees the possibility of delegating the organisation of the top-tier competition to a subordinate league, which could be the KPL,” FIFA’s letter to Mwendwa, signed by Secretary general Fatma Samoura said.
Speaking to Capital Sport, KPL CEO Jack Oguda has not closed the door on talks to solve the stalemate.
“The matter is currently at the tribunal and therefore we will not want to talk so much about it. Yes, we have seen the letter from FIFA but I can’t say much because I am yet to see the initial letter FKF sent to FIFA. We are open to negotiations but insist it should follow the right procedure,” Oguda said.
The case was heard at the Sports Tribunal on Tuesday but the full hearing is set for November 22 after KPL lawyers asked for more time to study an affidavit filed by the federation.
In the affidavit, FKF has punched holes into the ownership of KPL, saying contrary to the popular belief that all Premier League teams are shareholders at KPL, only four parties have shares in the limited company.
According to FKF who obtained information from the registrar of companies, the four who have shares in the KPL are Xxcel Africa Limited which owns Mathare United under its chairman Bob Munro, AFC Leopards through former chair Voltaire Kegode, Gor Mahia FC through former Secretary General Fred Odera and Sher Agencies through former Secretary General Vitalis Osodo.
FKF president Nick Mwendwa has now called for a consultative meeting between KPL and FKF to solve the impasse saying;
“The FKF president’s move has been necessitated by a letter from FIFA in regard to leagues management in the country and concerns that, KPL as currently constituted is ineligible to own, run, organize and manage the Association’s Football Leagues as it ostensibly does and claims,” FKF said in its statement.