Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Leopards, Sofapaka confirmed

By JOHN ASHIHUNDU

Football Kenya Limited has officially declared AFC Leopards and Sofapaka FC winners of their respective Nationwide League zones.

AFC Leopards topped zone ‘A’ with 60 points from 30 matches. They won 18 matches.

Sofapaka emerged top in Zone ‘B’ championship with 73 points.

The two Nairobi-based clubs have been promoted and will now feature in next year’s Kenyan Premier League.

Both clubs will be attending the a Fifa-sponsored management and administrative course for 2009 Kenyan Premier League clubs at White Sands Hotel, Mombasa from November 30 to November 6.

Sammy Obingo, the FKL secretary general, said the course was aimed at injecting professionalism in the management of the clubs that will feature in next year’s Premier League.

The FKL has also announced the suspension of Eldoret Mahakama’s team manager, Rachel Ngania Ndorobo, and Nairobi Stima’s secretary, Joash Manyasa, for three years from all football activities with immediate effect.

Obingo said the two convened meetings with the sole purpose of urging clubs to rebel against FKL, had shown disrespect to FKL through their constant e-mails and incited clubs to rebel against FKL.

The FKL also suspended Fluorspar coach, Joseph Ouma, for two years for unsporting behaviour during matches.

Meanwhile, 95 officials of some local football clubs have written to the world football governing body, Fifa, protesting the change of Kenya Football Federation’s name to Football Kenya Limited. The name change was confirmed at a special meeting held in Nairobi at the weekend.

In their letter, the clubs said they were not consulted nor represented at the meeting, which endorsed the change of name and status of KFF from a society to a private company.

They said they were dismayed by certain individuals within Fifa, who supported the change of status of KFF.

“We, however, are concerned with the fact that there were representatives of Fifa at the said meeting who did not bother to ensure that there was full representation from real stakeholders,” the letter read.

They said they were putting Fifa on notice that they were not party to the name change, and neither would they participate in any activity organised under the auspices of the newly-formed FKL.

“We reiterate that we are members of Kenya Football Federation and shall only participate in activities organised under the auspices of it.”

The letter, also copied to CAF, Cecafa, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports, demanded that an all inclusive elections be conducted.

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