Clubs to boycott FKF transition committee league
By Peter Ochieng
A host of Kenya Premier League (KPL) clubs will not take part in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) transition committee league for the 2022/2023 season.
The resolution was made on Wednesday, after a meeting that brought together over 10 Chief Executive Officers (CEO’s) of premier league teams.
The officials said they will not be a party to a league which is not recognized by the Word football governing body, FIFA.
They said they are no longer willing to take part in a league organized by the FKF transition committee, over what they termed as squandering of resources.
Below is the officials’ joint statement was read by Gor Mahia acting CEO Raymond Oruo:
“We have unanimously resolved as Kenyan Premier League clubs that the teams will not take part in any competition that is not recognized by the world governing body, FIFA because it is a waste of investment and time and very little returns coming through. What we are saying is that the 18 clubs of the Premier League have decided that we will only play the 2022-2023 season in a properly sanctioned FIFA league because that is the only way our teams and players are going to benefit.”
“The truth of the matter is that we clubs have been preparing for next season, we have been given several kick-off dates and we will probably be given several more kick-off dates, we have no idea by whom…that is not for us to say. The day a FIFA sanctioned league will kick off, we will all be ready and we will get to the pitch to honour the fixtures,” added Nairobi City Stars CEO Patrick Korir.
The 2022/2023 league season is yet to kick off with postponement after postponement of the kick-off date, being the order of the day.
On Tuesday, suspended FKF President Nick Mwendwa returned back to the Federation’s offices in Kasarani, Nairobi accompanied by police, after 9 months.
He said the official 2022/2023 FKF league season will kick off in October, giving a signal of the lifting of the FIFA ban on Kenyan football in the coming days.