The supremacy battles between Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and Kenyan Premier League (KPL) have taken a new twist with FKF boss Sam Nyamweya claiming Mathare United chairman Bob Munro is behind the current state of affairs.
This comes just as KPL meets this morning to discuss what they call ‘disrespect for the rule of law in Kenyan football over the past two years by FKF and its increasing interference of work of the independent judicial bodies’.
KPL and FKF have been at loggerheads for the last few days with the federation overruling KPL including KPL decisions.
Recently, FKF overturned KPL’s decision to replay the AFC Leopards versus Sony Sugar match and also awarded Tusker FC their abandoned tie against Muhoroni Youth after the former had allegedly fielded 12 players.
This has irked KPL who feel the local soccer governing body is interfering with their independence.
“I now know, recounting specific incidents in the recent past that you have personal interests or scores to settle and you are using the institution of KPL to achieve your selfish interests,” Nyamweya said in his letter to Munro, who is a member of the KPL Executive Committee and by virtue of being Mathare chairman, also sits in the governing council.
Munro had earlier written to FKF warning them of the consequences of firing former Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche, but the federation now reads a sinister motive in the same.
Nyamweya has now threatened to ‘expose Munro’s ills’ if he continues ‘blackmailing’ the federation.
These developments come as shocker to many given the two have been bosom buddies, seen together countless functions together.
“At the KPL Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday, all members expressed their dismay and concern that over the last two years, there has been a growing disrespect by FKF for the rule of law in Kenyan football as well as increasing interference in the established appeals procedures and work of the independent judicial bodies,” KPL CEO Jack Oguda said in a statement.
Meanwhile, FKF has lifted the ban on fans for both Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards until appeals filed by both clubs are heard and determined.
Ironically, it’s the federation which had slapped the two clubs with the bans after cases of crowd trouble in the last two weeks.
FKF now claim the decision is in the interest of natural justice, respect for judicial processes and the principle of innocence until proven guilty.
Gor Mahia will be facing Muhoroni Youth at the Kisumu Stadium while Leopards play Sofapaka in Mumias, both results having a huge bearing on the race of the premier league title.
Meanwhile, Homeboyz beat Busia to stay third United 2-0 in a National Super League Zone ‘B’ match at Bukhungu stadium, Kakamega on Wednesday.
Kakamega controlled the early proceedings with the combination of winger Moses Mudavadi, David Okoth and Keiphas Mutuu causing the Busia defence numerous problems.
The hosts broke the deadlock in the 20th minute when Okoth made a solo move from the left and released a pass to an unmarked Kephas Mutuu to open the score before he completed his brace seven minutes later after Mudavadi’s spade work.
Homeboyz, with 45 points sit third on the table two points behind leaders Zoo Kericho.