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FKF to the Rescue of an Ailing Kenyan Premier League

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The Kenyan Premier League Limited (KPL) the body mandated by the federation to run the country’s top flight league comes to end, it is signing off on a low key.

The country’s top flight league the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) is limping without sponsors as the lower tier leagues which are Football Kenya Federation (FKF) products flourish from a windfall by corporates partnering with FKF.

The second tier league is enjoying support from betting firm Betika whereas the county league which is the seventh tier has partnered with Odibets whereas Safaricom is supporting grassroot football by targeting the youth through Chapa Dimba tournament.

The country’s oldest football tournament in existence for the last 56 years the federation’s domestic cup tournament FKF Cup (FA), a few days ago landed sponsorship from gaming firm Betway.

Women football which has been lacking sponsors will soon be getting a sponsor as the country’s top tier league is broke.

Since the withdrawal of KPL title sponsors by gaming firm Sportpesa the league is experiencing financial difficulties with some clubs failing to honour their fixtures.

The country’s top and most popular clubs Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards which are the pride of every Kenyan player to play for are losing their players in big droves failing to pay them their salaries and allowances.

The Premier league, until recently enjoyed sponsorship from various partners including Sportpesa, broadcast sponsors SuperSport and Kenya Breweries Limited.

The term of the Kenyan Premier League Limited (KPL) will end in June at the culmination of the KPL 2019/2020 season.

In transitioning to the takeover of KPL by Football Kenya Federation (FKF), the local governing body is putting in place measures and structures to rescutitate it from its death bed.

The federation in readiness of taking over the premier league is in talks with a potential sponsor, with talks at an advanced stage and penning the deal is a matter of time before the end of the current season.

Among raft of measures the federation has proposed and was approved in their last Annual General Meeting (AGM) is to have the chairman and other officials of the premier league body subjected to an election.

This will be a departure from the current KPL set up where the chairman of the premier league champions assumes the Chairmanship and is deputized by the league’s runners up.

The premier league chairman will have a four year mandate upon election and will relinquish his/her club position for neutrality.

The premier league headquarters will be housed at FKF House unlike before where KPL rented an office as its secretariat.

“We want to have all bodies associated with football like KPL, referees, coaches and players operating under one roof housed at the federation’s headquarters for efficiency in managing soccer,” said FKF president Nick Mwendwa.

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Turkish Cup: Cecafa team dominates Harambee Starlets Provisional Squad

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Players who largely featured in the Harambee Starlets winning Council for East and Central Football Associations (Cecafa) Challenge Cup have dominated the provisional squad for the the Turkish Women Cup.

The call-up largely features players who did the country proud during the CECAFA Championships games last year in which they emerged as champions.

The Cecafa top scorer and the 2019 Soya awards Most Promising player Gentrix Shikangwa of Wiyeta Secondary School has been named in the squad for the Turkish Women cup scheduled to run from Monday, March 2 to Wednesday March 11, 2020.

Others who did duty for Kenya in Tanzania during the Cecafa tourney and have been called are Vivian Nasaka (Vihiga Queens), Mwanahalima Adam Nelly Sawe (Thika Queens), Dorcas Shikobe (Oserian), Sheryl Angach (Gaspo) and Janet Bundi (Eldoret Falcons).

Coach David Ouma widened his scouting net to the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom tournament, calling up Falling Water’s forward Jane Njeri who showed immense skill in leading her team to retain the Central regional title in the tournament.

Ouma is expected to trim the squad to a final list of 21, few days before the team jets out Turkey on Monday, March 2, 2020.

The final Squad comprising of 21 players will be released a few days before the team jets out to Turkey on Monday, March 2, 2020.

The team is expected to hit camp on February 23, 2020, in Nairobi. A local friendly match has been lined up on Friday, February 28, 2020.

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Coach of the Month: Muyoti Crowned January’s Best

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Kakamega Homeboyz tactician Nicholas Muyoti has won his first accolade as a coach by bagging the January Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month Award.
The former Ingwe midfielder and team manager is contending for the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title and underlined his credentials when in January he ascended to the summit and held forte for thirteen days before losing grip.
He subdued Gor Mahia tactician Steven Polack for the January gong in a unanimous vote cast by Sports Journalists Association of Kenya. Muyoti bags Sh75000 alongside a personalized trophy for his January performance.
“I’m thankful to God who has led me thus far. My appreciation also goes to the players, management and sponsors for working tirelessly and ensuring that we win our games. We are prepared to go all the way and win this league even though our motto remains taking one game at a time,” said the Jubilant tactician.
He registered impeccable results in January winning four out of four while plundering nine goals in the process. First off was relegation bound Kisumu All Stars who soaked in four goals at the hands of ruthless Homeboyz.
Muyoti then mustered a 1-0 victory over Zoo then crowned their season so far by trouncing defending champions Gor Mahia 2-1. A routine 2-1 victory over Kariobangi Sharks sent Homeboyz cruising to the top and completed an excellent month.
“Our target remains winning the league and we really believe it can happen. All the teams in the top four or five have a chance and it’s only going to depend on who has the best run in. But I’d love to break Gor Mahia’s dominance and give the top division some excitement. The league is not interesting at all when one team wins every season,” Muyoti who compared Gor Mahia’s title grip to the monotony of some top European leagues remarked.
The crowning adds impetus to his quest for more glory with Homeboyz

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To save his Harambee Star Career, Victor Wanyama must leave Tottenham Hotspur – Aduda

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Gor Mahia immediate  former CEO Omondi Aduda has advised midfielder Victor Wanyama to ditch Tottenham Hotspur in order to save his national team career.

The Harambee Stars captain has been frozen out at Spurs for the most part of this season after a serious knee injury stopped his impressive first campaign at the club and limited his appearances.

This season, under Mauricio Pochettino, Wanyama came on as a second-half substitute against Southampton, and also got 90 minutes under his belt at Colchester United as Spurs crashed out of the Carabao Cup.

 

Under new manager Jose Mourinho, Wanyama is yet to start a game for the North London club and only featured once, as a second-half substitute in the 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich on December 11.

As such, the former K’Ogalo CEO has sent a passionate appeal to Wanyama to end his stay with Spurs and get play-time elsewhere so as to keep his place in the Kenya national team.

“It is very clear now that [Wanyama] is not in the plans of Mourinho anymore if indeed he has omitted him from the Champions League squad,” said Aduda.

 

“There is no more excuse now and what Wanyama should do is force a move away from the club and get playing time elsewhere.

“[Victor] should take a close look at his future and make a right decision, Kenya needs him for the Afcon and World Cup qualifiers and this might bring issues in the future if he doesn’t play regularly.

“Kenya coach Francis [Kimanzi] will have a difficult time of whether to call him for national team duty or not because it will not be easy to rely on a captain that is not playing for his club.”

Kenya have been drawn in Group E of the World Cup qualifiers and will need a fit Wanyama to guide them past Uganda, Mali, and Rwanda.

 

 

Wanyama, who was signed for Spurs by Pochettino for £11.5million (Sh2 billion) in 2016, made 47 appearances in his first season, but only 24 the following term as his popularity under the Argentine dwindled.

To make matters worse for the 28-year-old, he has now been omitted from Spurs’ Champions League squad.

Spurs named their 30-man group for the knockout rounds of the competition last Tuesday, including eight locally trained players, with Wanyama the most notable absentee.

 

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