Kalekwa urges FKF and KPL to embrace dialogue on championships crisis

Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa has called on Kenyan Premier League and Football Kenya Federation to seek a negotiated settlement to the 2019/20  Kenyan Premier League impasse.

The federation and KPL have in the recent weeks been entangled in a bitter war of words over the halted premier league season and unjust declaration of champions without proper consultation of stakeholders.

Kalewa, who also heads the KPL marketing department believes the best way to reach a mutual understanding is by engaging in a Joint Executive Committee

FKF seems to have had its way as KPL continues to protest the decision by seeking invention from CAF.

The Sofapaka president pointed out that the federation interfered with KPL’s mandate of managing the top-tier league. He suggests that its time a line is drawn to ensure no party oversteps its mandate.

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 “I think a dialogue between the two bodies will solve their differences without necessarily going to court. FKF, whom we respect, should not have interfered with the running of the league without consultations,” said Kalekwa.

“Now that no one is keen to cede ground, I call upon them to engage online and get a solution and chart the way forward. Court cases may take long and interrupt the football calendar,” stated the president.

The president disclosed that if the matter is not resolved soon the member clubs will be at risk of losing sponsorships. Millions have been invested by clubs and if there will be no returns the sponsors are not going to carry on with their payments.

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Football clubs were set for new title awards, promotions and some ready to escape relegation. Based on prevailing circumstances it will be impossible for some clubs to convince the sponsors to hold on.

“Clubs had invested millions in honoring matches and concluding the season means their efforts will go to waste. Others had a chance to win a trophy or escape relegation and ending the league without the blessings of the managers does not depict a good image in the eyes of potential sponsors,” explained Kalekwa.

“With these wrangles, it will be difficult to convince sponsors to support the league in the subsequent seasons,” he concluded.

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