The 2008 league champions Mathare United along with Kericho based Zoo FC risk losing their places in the BetKing Premier League. The two clubs have been given a deadline of 48 hours to conform to the new order set out by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) which includes signing the StarTimes endorsement deal for the FKF Premier League.
Meanwhile, Ulinzi Stars FC have been given an extended leave in consideration of the administrative processes needed for the club to sign the endorsement, being a military run club. The four-time league winners have until Monday 14 December to submit their endorsement.
The topmost organ at the FKF, the National Executive Committee (NEC) met on Wednesday 9th December and after having spent months in discussion with the affected clubs, wrote to them signaling the 48-hour deadline.
Whereas 15 clubs have signed the endorsement, and Ulinzi Stars making the commitment, the federation has moved to streamline the league heading to the third week of action with four of the 18 clubs yet to taste league action.
“We have been very patient with the two clubs and done our best to convince them to meet their obligations in order 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 match day three. The league cannot continue without the two clubs meeting their obligations,” FKF President Nick Mwendwa stated.
For the time being, all matches involving Zoo FC and Mathare United have been struck off the BetKing Premier League fixtures, until they sign the endorsement on or before Friday 11th December at 5pm.
Meanwhile, Ulinzi Stars are set to play their first match of the season, against Gor Mahia on Sunday 13th December at 1.30pm at Utalii Grounds.
In a related development from the FKF NEC meeting, Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier is set to face disciplinary proceedings for bringing the game into disrepute. The Gor Mahia head wrote to FKF PL official broadcaster seeking to withdraw an earlier endorsement letter officially submitted by club Secretary General Sam Ocholla.