FKF President Nick Mwendwa
Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa.

Kenyan football governing body Federation of Kenyan Football (FKF) is set to take over ownwership of the Kenya Premier League (KPL) after the expiry of the top-flight league organisers’ contract in September 2020.

KPL is currently a private company that runs Kenya’s top flight independent of FKF, with the country’s football governing body tasked with organising the tiers below the National Super League.

FKF president Nick Mwendwa revealed that a number of things are set to be reformed in a move to reduce wrangles between the league and the federation which have become part of the football scene in the recent past.

“We are likely to register a new entity and configure it properly. We will not have the company as it’s constituted today but still we will have an independent entity that runs the league from the federation secretariat because we’ve enough space,” Mwendwa told Nation Sport.

Apart from taking over the league, Mwendwa said KPL will have an elected chair as opposed to the current rule which states that the helm’s occupant is to be produced by the team that wins the league.

“We don’t want a revolving door in the leadership of the company that every year we’ve a chairman. We shall have an elected chairman who is neutral and who will sit on the executive of FKF,” he added.

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The FKF President also added that he plans to move offices of the league managers to the Goal Project at Kasarani where the federation is based. Despite moving of offices, Mwendwa has assured fans that the federation will not interfere with the commercial activities of the league managers.

FKF’s plan to take over full ownership of the league raises questions that maybe the federation is after the big money that the league generates.

Mwendwa refuted this. “We will not touch the money meant to be distributed to clubs and pay the federation 15%. Their work will remain in commercialising the league and not be the whistle-blower in terms of football rules and officiating.”

The changes, however, are subject to Mwendwa’s re-election into the second term in office as head of the country’s football governing body. FKF elections that are slated for February 2020.

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