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Rachier tells FKF to release Fifa Report

Kenya Premier League chairman Ambrose Rachier has revealed that Football Kenya Federation is yet to share the recommendations proposed by FIFA, even though Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario instructed the body to do so five days ago.

Rachier said that in the thick of their dispute with FKF concerning the management and running of the 2015 league, the KPL board has been awaiting the report compiled by FIFA consultant Robert Niemann for guidance, but nothing has been forthcoming.

“I understand that we have now been stripped off the rights of organizing the league yet the contents of the binding report have not been seen by anyone. In our meeting with the cabinet secretary last week, which the FKF officials skipped, he asked that we be guided by that report so we urge them to make the report public as had been agreed upon,” he said.

EXPANDING LEAGUE

In an interview with Nairobi News immediately after the friendly match between Gor Mahia and Power Dynamos, Rachier said that KPL does not see any convincing reason for expanding the league at this point, and that they will stick to their stand no matter what.

“The situation is dire. We are in great problems because of the standoff. We cannot understand why we should have 18 teams this year, and why that change must happen immediately, and not next year.

“In the Cairo agreements with our sponsors, which I was an active part of, there were clear reasons why we chose to go for a lean league.

“We considered several things including the budget available and the quality of football we would showcase to the world in arriving at the figure. We therefore need very convincing reasons to make us rethink these decisions, and as it stands now, we shall maintain our ground,” he said.

Meanwhile, FKF plans to meet coaches and managers of the 18 football clubs this Thursday for a briefing session concerning the FKF Premier League, while KPL board members convene Tuesday to chart a conclusive way forward.