Sofapaka, Thika United, Muhoroni kicked out of KPL for flouting rules
Sofapaka, Thika United and Muhoroni Youth have paid the high price of failing to comply with Caf Club Licensing rules after Football Kenya Federation (FKF) announced their demotion from the top tier league on Monday.
The federation president Nick Mwendwa, at a press briefing at Kandanda House, said that the three had failed to meet the basic requirements as outlined by the Club Licensing Rules.
Consequently, this year’s SportPesa Premier League, said Mwendwa, will consist of 15 teams.
“As I said before, there would be consequences of not meeting the deadline and today I’m here to report to you that a total of 35 clubs from NSL and KPL submitted documents by the extended December 23 deadline,” Mwendwa said.
“Out of the 14 KPL clubs, 11 have been issued with licenses while Thika United, Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth have failed,” Mwendwaa announced to a hushed audience of reporters, adding that only Tusker and Ulinzi Stars have fully complied.
KPL Chief Executive Officer, Jack Oguda, said that he could not comment on the matter as they are still awaiting an official communication from the federation.
“We know that the Licensing inspection has been going on for some time now and that a number of documents were scrutinized so I cannot really tell why they failed. We will await the formal communique,” Oguda said.
Thika, Sofapaka and Muhoroni however have a chance to participate in the National Super League in the 2017 season should they beat the January 31st deadline for the second tier league.
The deadline for Caf Club Licensing rules was December 16 last year where teams were required to submit their documents but the NEC extended the time given to December 23.
All the 14 KPL clubs submitted their documents within the December 23 window.