Standoff as talks over 18-team premier league collapse
Negotiations between Kenyan football administrators over the composition of next year’s top flight league have collapsed, Nairobi News understands.
The impasse will now be settled by the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT), with the full hearing scheduled for Tuesday.
The collapse of the talks has been confirmed by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa.
“We have failed to find an agreement with them, unfortunately so.” Mwendwa said.
“So the SDT will give us the way forward. We are keen on having this matter settled because the matter has to be settled once and for all,” he added.
FKF and the Kenya Premier Limited (KPL) have been at loggerheads of the composition of the premier league for the past three years.
Specifically, FKF prefers an 18 team competition, while KPL favour the current structure of 16 clubs.
KPL chief executive Jack Oguda says his body is “prepared” for an 18 team league from the financial perspective, and also, would prefer discussion on the expansion of the competition be based on a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the previous national office headed by Sam Nyamweya.