Extreme Sports Limited has threatened to take legal redress against Football Kenya Federation over threats by the local federation to halt the Super 8 Soccer Tournament.
In a press briefing on Wednesday 10 August in Nairobi, Extreme Sports Ltd Head of Operations and Coordination Athanas Obango warned that the sports firm will go to court should the local football governing body try to stop the tournament which commenced on Saturday 6.
He said: “Extreme Sports Ltd is a legal entity registered under the Kenyan law. As a result, all of the company’s activities are sanctioned by the Government of Kenya. However, should the Federation seek to continue with their threats; we shall be forced to seek legal redress.”
This is a reaction to a letter sent by FKF CEO Robert Muthomi dated Friday 5 and addressed to Extreme Sports CEO Hussein Mohammed. In the letter which Ghetto Radio has seen, FKF threatens to suspend all football clubs participating in any Extreme Sports run league or tournaments for a duration of six years. It has also stated that it would further suspend all individuals involved in organizing Extreme Sports leagues and tournaments whether they are currently members of FKF or will seek to be members of FKF for a period of six years.
But defiant Extreme Sports has vowed to continue with its normal operations terming the threats ‘uncalled for, malicious and an attempt to sabotage the Super 8 Soccer Tournament and League’.
Speaking at the press conference, Obango, retold the mandate of Extreme Sports as a company committed to giving the youth an alternative platform to grow their talents saying that they will not be intimidated by threats.
“Our mandate as a company is to offer the youth a platform to grow and nurture their talents in football. Our programs aim to complement efforts by FKF and are in no competition to what is being done nationally by the Federation. We have also sought FKF’s participation in our leagues to ensure continuous growth but to no avail. This door however remains open for partnerships with the Federation.” He added.
The lasted twist and turns comes less than two weeks after Extreme Sports Limited announced a partnership deal with FKF Mombasa Sub-branch worth Ksh 7 million in support of the league until a new commercial title sponsor comes on board.
Extreme Sports Limited is a professional sports management company, incorporated in 2001. The company was established with the view of supporting sporting initiatives at the grass-root level.