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Kenyan football talks commence

By DAVID KWALIMWA December 19th, 2014 1 min read

Representatives from world football governing body Fifa have commenced arbitration in a bid to unlock the current impasse between local football officials, regarding the structure of the Kenyan Premier League.

The officials, Fifa’s development officer in charge of East and South Africa Ashford Mamelodi, alongside James Johnson and Thierry Regenass, arrived in the country on Thursday afternoon, ahead of the round table talks that are ongoing at Norfolk Hotel.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) officials, alongside those from the Kenya Premier League (KPL) limited, Government officials and club representatives have been invited to the meeting.

These talks aim to unlock various contentious issue, including how many clubs should feature in the top flight football competition next season.

“We are heading there to spell out our stand on those contentious matters with reference to the rule of law and binding contractual obligations,” KPL CEO Jack Oguda told Nairobi News.

This development comes in the wake of suggestions that the tussle between FKF and KPL could have partly been fueled by the imminent entry of a new Pay TV company in the market.

The company in question is believed to have informally approached a faction of the administrators to discuss the possibility of getting a share of KPL’s broadcast rights.