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
The three clubs are expected to appeal against the decision
at the Sports Disputes Resolution Tribunal (SDT).