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Learn to consult, Shikanda tells Mwendwa over KPL

By Barry Silah
Monday, June 8th, 2020
AFC Leopards chairman Dan Shikanda. Photo/PD/DAVID NDOLO
In summary

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa’s assertion that his administration will take over the running of the top flight once the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) contract ends in September has not been welcomed by some.

Mwendwa has insisted the federation will not extend KPL’s contract and will instead have the league under the banner of FKF Premier League to the annoyance of a number of stakeholders.

AFC Leopards chairman Dan Shikanda has told off Mwendwa for using bullying tactics to run football in the country while cautioning him against operating in solitude.

“It was definitely a bad move on the part of the FKF president and it is because football is a team project.

As such, this unilateral move we see from Nick Mwendwa is rather unfortunate and meant to intimidate.

What he said was not in good taste and obviously the stakeholders of the game will not take it kindly.

I have a problem with the way he runs the show and this is how we will begin to dilute football in this country,” said Shikanda. 

He added: “In any event, best practices as observed around the world have no such thing as a Football Association running the top leagues and this is because federations have a lot on their hands.

What we are saying is that there is a need for proper consultation so that we move the game forward.” 

KPL CEO Jack Oguda has also dismissed the FKF agenda, stating that only the Governing Council can make the decisions on the way forward when the time is right. 

“This is a private company and we have rules that govern our existence and line of operations.

When the time for any adjustments arises, the Council will sit and make a decision.

For now, we cannot make further comments because we are still running the league,” offered Oguda, who has already filed a petition at the Sports Disputes Tribunal over Mwendwa’s decision to end the league halfway due to Covid-19.

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