FKF and KPL agree to have 18-team league

FKF President Nick Mwendwa and KPL chairman Jack Oguda during a past press briefing. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Football Kenya Federation FKF and league governing body Kenya Premier League KPL, on Thursday agreed to expand the topflight tier to 18 teams starting 2017 season, ending the stalemate between them that has dragged for months now.

Appearing before the Sports Dispute Tribunal SDT, the two sides reached a consensus to have two more teams added to the initial 16 with FKF accepting to cough Sh.36 million to budget for the extra clubs.

Meanwhile, the case challenging FKF decision to demote Muhoroni Youth, Thika United and Sofapaka for failing to meet FIFA club licensing requirements, will be heard next week Wednesday.

The federation has since ordered the three clubs to resubmit their documents to have the certificate which will see them form part of the 18-team league 2017 season slated for February 11 kickoff.

It however remains uncertain when the DSTV Super Cup match which serves as the league curtain raiser will be played, after it was postponed indefinitely earlier this week.

The clash which pits league champions and Gotv Shield winners was scheduled for January 29th.