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FKF promotes two more to top flight

25 November 2014, 08:11

Nairobi - The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) announced Monday the promotion of two more teams to the country's top flight next season.

The elevation of Kakamega Homeboyz and Nakumatt FC to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) expands the number to 18.

The move comes when KPL top officials are away in South Africa negotiating a new broadcast sponsorship deal with terrestrial pay- television providers SuperSport and a week before a joint FKF and KPL committee was due to present a report into the viability of an expanded 18-team top flight from the current 16.

"By dint of powers and mandate bestowed and conferred on Football Kenya Federation National Executive Committee, we hereby declare Kakamega Homeboyz and Nakumatt FC are duly promoted from the FKF National Super League Zone A/B to the Kenyan Premier League 2015 League season," the federation said in letters written to the chairpersons of the clubs.

FKF first announced the expansion proposal on Nov. 10 before the KPL Governing Council declined to adopt the plans a week later.

The rivaling bodies established a joint-committee following a meeting last week that was due to report its findings at the end of 14 days.

Also read: Debate reigns over KPL expansion to 18 team league

"FKF held a meeting with principal stakeholders attended by representative of KPL and SuperSport to discuss two agenda namely change of football calendar and 18-team format in 2015," the statement from the federation read then with the planned play-off between Homeboyz and Nakumatt that was to decide the last team in the 18-team league shelved pending the findings.

FKF and KPL chief executive officers, Esakwa and Jack Oguda, FKF vice-president Robert Asembo and George Odhiambo (KPL) were named in the 18-team league board and were due to return their findings later this week.

Monday's developments cast doubt on whether efforts to have a joint way forward will bear results with FKF president, Sam Nyamweya, telling a local radio show Sunday they would "shop for another company to run the league on their behalf should KPL not submit to their mandate to run football in the country."

KPL was incorporated by clubs in 2006 when parallel factions of the then Kenya Football Federation were involved in fighting for control of the sport to manage the top flight as two rivaling leagues came together to established a unified competition and since then, has grown to be the most lucrative arm of the country' s game especially after SuperSport came on board as broadcast sponsors since 2008.

Nyamweya and his executive committee are facing an election next year with the latest developments said to be an attempt for the incumbent to garner support among self-supporting clubs by having many of them in the top-flight.

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- Xinhua


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