Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has moved to suspend Mathare United and Zoo FC from the Kenyan Premier League (FKFPL).
The two clubs are yet to take to the field in the new season despite the league entering its third week this coming weekend this after they failed to sign the Startimes deal proposed by FKF earlier on.
FKF claims that both teams have been given 48 hours to sign the StarTimes endorsement deal for them to be included in the next league fixtures failure to not they won’t be part of the league.
In a communication, FKF President Nick Mwendwa said: “We have been very patient with the two clubs and done our best to convince them to meet their obligations to preserve the commercial rights of the league.
“While the other clubs have given us their endorsements, the two have declined to do so as the league enters matchday three. The league cannot continue without the two clubs meeting their obligations.”
According to FKF, the two clubs have until Friday 11 December, 5 pm to sign the endorsement, failure to which the matter will be referred to the federation’s General Congress, in February 2021.
Apart from the duo, Ulinzi Stars and Gor Mahia are the other teams yet to sign the deal but KF stated that the former was given until Monday, 14 December, to also send their endorsement, failure to which they will be suspended from the top league.
“The NEC considered the case of Ulinzi and noted that being a military team, they require certain processes to be followed. In that regard, we have given them until Monday at 5 pm to sign the endorsement. Failure to do that will result in them being suspended from the top league,” Mwednwa added.
Meanwhile, Mwendwa confirmed that they will open disciplinary proceedings against Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier for bringing the game into disrepute this after he wrote to Startimes asking them to withdraw the club endorsement letter that had been signed by the club’s Secretary General Mr Sam Ochola.