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Kenya in rival leagues crisis

13 February 2015, 09:38

Nairobi - Kenya's top football clubs are in crisis after two groups proposed rival premier leagues with conflicting competitions, officials said Thursday.

At present, Kenya Premier League (KPL) has 16 teams, and has resisted expansion plans to 18 teams put forward by the national organising body, Football Kenya Football (FKF).

With both groups organising separate fixtures involving the same teams, fans fear teams may be forced to chose either league due to competing games and schedules.

"I can confirm that the premiership will remain a 16-team championship, we have already drawn up our fixtures for the new league to start on February 21," KPL chief executive officer Jack Oguda told AFP.

"We don't understand the rationale behind the FKF's move to increase the number of teams to 18 and to draw up their own fixtures to begin this weekend."

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FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya said he would not allow two parallel league competitions, and insisted the newly-promoted Shabana and Nakumatt football clubs would take part.

This is not the first time that Kenyan football has faced chaotic rivalries in its administration.

In 2005-2006, protracted infighting between football officials led to two parallel leagues.

It took the intervention of the government to disband the national federation to end the crisis.

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