‘Promoted’ clubs consider legal action against KPL
Newly promoted Kenyan Premier League sides Kakamega Homeboyz and Nakumatt FC are considering legal action if the league body upholds its current decision to bar them from featuring in the top flight league, Nairobi News has learnt.
The duo was among the four teams promoted to the league following a direction by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) through a circular last month, but the decision has since been contested by the Kenyan Premier League through its CEO Jack Oguda, on grounds that the body “is not prepared and lacks funds” to accommodate two more teams in the league at the moment.
This development has since developed into a full blown stand off between the two bodies, that has since attracted varied reactions even from President Uhuru Kenyatta, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario.
This matter is also a subject of mediation talks between representatives from the world governing body Fifa and officials of FKF and KPL in the near future, but it seems the two clubs are holding one more card up their sleeves.
Credible reports suggest that one of the two teams will move to court to challenge the eventual decision if the ruling relegates them to the second tier league.
“The officials are taking cue from what happened in Uganda at the start of this season where the said club wants to also stop the start and running of the league next season if they are not included as per the decision from FKF,” our source said.
Representatives of both teams, meanwhile, insist that they have “already commenced preparations to feature in the Kenyan Premier League next season”.