Kenya promotes clubs amid rival league crisis

Kenyan football authorities have been forced to promote 13 new teams to replace premier league clubs amid a conflicting competition organized by rival groups.

Kenya promotes clubs amid rival league crisis

Nairobi: Kenyan football authorities have been forced to promote 13 new teams to replace premier league clubs amid a conflicting competition organized by rival groups.

The Football Kenya Federation (FKF), the national organising body, and the rival Kenya Premier League (KPL) are arguing over FKF plans to expand the league from 16 to 18 teams.

FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya said the new teams would replace the 13 top clubs who refused to play in the new 18-team competition.

"The new clubs will meet on Monday to come up with the new fixtures to the new league, which will kick off next Wednesday," Nyamweya said.

The KPL however maintained that their own league will begin this weekend with all the 16 teams taking part - even though three of those teams have agreed to the rival fixture list too.

With both groups organising separate fixtures, there will likely be a conflict of interest in the use of stadiums for the matches.

The current crisis is not the first to hit Kenyan football.

In 2005-2006, protracted infighting between football officials led to two parallel leagues, with only government intervention to disband the national federation ending the row.

Kenyan sports minister Hassan Wario has warned that the government would not allow two parallel league competitions to again be played in the country.