11 Jan, 11:07
Kakamega Homeboyz chairman Cleophas Shimanyula has taken a swipe at Football Kenya Federation following the relegation of three Kenyan Premier League sides for failing to meet CAF Club licensing requirements.
On Monday FKF confirmed the relegation of Sofapaka, Muhoroni Youth and Thika United to the second tier for failing to meet the minimum licensing requirements. The trio will now feature in the National Super League from 2017 if the appeal they are expected to lodge will not go through.
Shimanyula has come out to defend the three clubs and blast FKF, according to the football admin, the federation has treated the three clubs harshly, he observes that FKF should have allowed for gradual compliance to club licensing.
-What FKF has done is unfair, uncalled for and should be condemned by all football stakeholders. This club licensing thing should not be used to hurt clubs, the new office was elected last year and should have given clubs two to three years to fully conform to club licensing. This licenses are meant to guard clubs and players and not to hurt render them jobless.
-These teams spend a lot of money to prepare and run teams, so it’s not right for FKF to wake up one day and decide to relegate teams. Some of these clubs may fold after relegation and that means over 100 players, coaches and other staffs will lose jobs. I call on FKF to rethink and reverse their decision, they should give these teams more time to comply, Shimanyula told Futaa.com.
The three clubs are expected to appeal against the decision at the Sports Disputes Resolution Tribunal (SDT).