Mwendwa lambasts KPL, absolves FKF from any derby responsibility
FKF President Nick Mwendwa has claimed KPL Management is out to frustrate Harambee Stars AFCON 2019 preparations
Photo: Nick Mwendwa /Courtesy FKF
Football Kenya President Nick Mwendwa was seething in anger after the Sports Dispute Tribunal ruled that it was Kenyan Premier League (KPL)’s prerogative to decide if the Mashemeji derby should go on or not.
The ruling was premised on last year’s similar ruling that KPL should be given freedom to run the League without interference from FKF.
Mwendwa had insisted the derby stands postponed and Harambee Stars friendlies against Swaziland and Equatorial Guinea will go on at Machakos citing the need for new coach Sebastian Migne to know his players ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana.
He went on to label the Bukhungu Stadium, the venue for the derby a funny stadium.
“We have to make hard decisions and I know some people will not agree with us but we have to lead,” Mwendwa said on Monday during the SportPesa Shield Cup draw.
After the SDT ruling on Wednesday a furious Mwendwa said:
“KPL management does not want the national team to prepare. I have spoken to Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards chairs and asked them what they want, whether they want their players back. If they want them that’s fine, the game will go on with or without them,” he said.
“If the derby goes on at Bukhungu and there is an incident FKF will not be responsible. We will obey the court ruling because they are here for a reason, “ Mwendwa added.
Mwendwa also said the Kasarani Stadium contractor had requested a month to complete the refurbishment works at the 60,000-capacity venue considered the safest to stage the Mashemeji derby. This informed the decision to shift Harambee Stars matches to Machakos Stadium.
The KPL Governing Council will meet on Thursday to decide on the fate of the derby.