FKF to the Rescue of an Ailing Kenyan Premier League

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.