- Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa has unveiled a new steering committee referred to as the FKF-PL as the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) mandate to run the top-tier has hit the end of the road.
KPL, who had the mantle of managing the top tier for more than the past decade, learned of plans to run the top league has been going on behind the scenes. It was all laid bare to the KPL clubs chairmen as Mwendwa held a Zoom meeting to announce the way forward.
At the same meeting, a transitional committee was quickly constituted with the mandate to put in place structures on how the “new” league will run from next season.
The Committee members that will be chaired by Ulinzi Stars’ chairman Erick Oloo, include AFC Leopards chairman Dan Shikanda, Dan Aduda from Tusker FC, Kariobangi Sharks’ chairman Robert Maoga and Zoo FC’s Ken Ochieng.
According to Zoo FC chairman Ken Ochieng, the committee will oversee and implement radical changes that will make the Kenyan top league one of the best in the region.
“The top league will be run by an independent company that will be put in place by the clubs themselves,” he revealed.
“We expect to institute major changes in how the league is run and key among these are having an independent chairman and CEO as well as an independent competition office to oversee the running of the new FKF-PL,” he said.
“We have picked up very good lessons during the KPL era and we don’t want to repeat the same mistakes. This is a fresh start and the future of the FKF-PL is bright,” he added.
Meanwhile, Sofapaka were the only absentees of the zoom meeting although, Sofapaka President Elly Kalkwa had confirmed the club will be represented.
“Sofapaka did not skip the meeting by default, no…I was very keen to be part of the meeting but my appointment with the doctor took much of my time and by the time I wanted to log and join in, the meeting had already ended,” Kalekwa said.
“I will talk to the clubs which attended and get to know what was discussed,” he added.