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No solution yet to FKF, KPL standoff

With just over a week remaining before the Kenyan Premier League kicks off, football administrators are yet to agree on the modalities of running the 2015 season.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and KPL held a joint executive meeting on Wednesday in a bid to iron out existing differences but the two parties failed to find a common ground.

FKF and KPL will have another meeting scheduled for January 28th.

KCB chairman George Odhiambo, KPL’s representative in the technical task force constituted to resolve the standoff, told Nairobi News that they tabled their recommendations to the football authorities but no agreement was reached.

DIFFICULT VENTURE

“We had a meeting on Wednesday where we listened FKF and presented our conditions for implementation. We agreed not to make anything public until next Wednesday when we will have a final meeting to establish whether or not they (FKF) will fulfill the conditions,” Odhiambo said.

KPL has given FKF up to the end of this month to meet their conditions, including providing an additional Sh 33 million to cater for the inclusion of the two additional teams.

Odhiambo said that in his view, the decision to expand the league to 18 teams will no doubt be a difficult and expensive venture due to the numerous contractual and financial obligations that already exist.

“I do not want to comment on what will be if the disharmony persists, but this will no doubt be a costly venture because KPL is bound by a contract with the sponsor, and they will also have to foot the additional costs,” Odhiambo said.

“We are not opposed to the 18 league team. Our main problem is the timing because this is not something we had agreed upon at the beginning of the season,” he added.