- The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) acting CEO Barry Otieno has revealed that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) representative was not submitted as there are no set rules to determine the FKF Shield winner.
While responding to beat Caf’s deadline of May 5, FKF moved to submit the name of Gor Mahia as the winners of the 2019-20 KPL season and also the country’s flag bearers in the Caf Champion League but could not forward a name for the CAF representative.
However, FKF acting CEO has exclusively said that the country will likely not take part in the second-tier Confederation Cup because there was no competition.
“We could not manage to give a name of a club for the competition because we don’t have rules which govern the domestic Cup (FKF Shield Cup),” Otieno said.
He added, “It was easier to submit Gor Mahia’s name for Champions League participation because we used rule six of the FKF statutes but in the domestic Cup we don’t have any rules that can be applied and that is why Kenya is likely to miss a representative next season.”
When asked why they could not submit the name of Bandari who is the Cup’s defending champions or even Kakamega Homeboyz, who are lying second in the KPL table. Otieno said that he was not allowed to do that. He said that everything in football must follow the rules, and we don’t have such rules that support FKF to take Bandari or Homeboyz for the competition.
He explained, “We have written to Caf and explained the situation in the same letter which we submitted Gor Mahia’s name, and we have told them, if we cannot manage to play the remaining matches, from the quarter-finals, then Kenya will miss out from the competition.”
He insisted that FKF must follow the rules and until such rules to govern the Shield Cup are put in place there will be no representative unless the remaining shield matches are played.
While there are no slated dates to when the remaining shield games will be played there are fewer chances for the country to be represented in the CAF competitions.