Prior to the conclusion of last year’s SportPesa Premier league season, there have been talks of increasing the number of teams that participate in the league. The proposal by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) was the teams to increase to 18. Currently the local league features 16 teams, with 2 teams relegated and 2 promoted at the culmination of the season.

The federation has said it has opened disciplinary proceedings against the league’s Chief Executive Jack Oguda and the chairman of Gor Mahia, Ambrose Rachier, Mathare United’s Bob Munro and James Musyoki of Tusker.

FKF President Nick Mwendwa at a past press conference

FKF President Nick Mwendwa at a past press conference

The Kenya Premier League released fixtures earlier in the week and the FKF has advised that they be ignored. Nick Mwendwa also accused KPL of encouraging cartel-like tendencies for insisting that Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka should remain in the competition despite not being licensed. Following the statement by CAF, teams that are not licensed will not feature in the 2017 league.

“The fact is no club will take part in an FKF-organised league and this directive is from CAF. The process started eight years ago and every federation has its own way of implementing it,” he explained.

2016 SportPesa premier league champions, Tusker FC

2016 SportPesa premier league champions, Tusker FC

As it stands, Nzoia Sugar who won the Nationwide league unbeaten together with Kariobangi Sharks are the only two teams to be promoted to top tier football. A final meeting to preside over the issue at hand is scheduled for later in the week, only then will we know how many teams will feature and when the season will officially kick off.

Nzoia Sugar FC players celebrate in the recently concluded NSL league

Nzoia Sugar FC players celebrate in the recently concluded NSL league

“We have asked the tribunal to arbitrate a final meeting between us this week. If we agree on an 18-team league then we will proceed; otherwise the situation remains the same,” Mwendwa added.