KPL to FKF : You have no mandate to cancel KPL
KPL has dismissed the announcement by FKF to cancel all soccer leagues in Kenya noting that FKF has no mandate to do so.
The Kenyan Premier League limited has said Football Kenya Federation has no powers to declare the winners of the league. In a statement on Thursday afternoon , FKF announced that the current KPL season will be cancelled with Gor Mahia being declared the winners.
The federation further announced that the bottom two sides on the table standings Chemelil Sugar and Sony Sugar will be relegated while Nairobi City Stars and Bidco United earn promotion to the KPL.
In a counter statement shortly after, KPL noted that , "Reference is made to media reports in which you are quoted as stating that the 2019/20 season of the Kenyan Premier League will be cancelled and FKF rules will be used to determine the winner."
The KPL's letter signed by Jack Oguda and addressed to the FKF CEO Barry Otieno continued to note that "As stipulated in Clause 2 (a) of the FKF-KPL Agreement, which states, “to ensure KPL as the owner thereof has the exclusive, full and unhindered right to manage the Kenyan Premier League in accordance with the rules and regulations of KPL, FKF, CAF and FIFA”, as well as Clause 2 (d) of the same agreement which states, “to ensure there is no undue interference by FKF or other officials or third parties with KPL management of the Kenyan Premier League”, FKF is obligated to respect KPL’s mandate of running the Kenyan Premier League."
The Kenya leagues were suspended in March 2020 following Government regulations that called for strict social distancing rules and banning of all public gatherings in a bid to curb the spread of the Global COVID-19 Pandemic.
KPL CEO Continued to say that , " It is still too early to consider the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Kenyan football as case of force majeure. If in any case it were so, KPL would stand to be guided by Clause 9.1 of the FKF-KPL Agreement which provides direction on our obligations in the event of a force majeure."