Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clubs have expressed concern that a looming ban, which could be occasioned by a standoff on the FKF Elections, could greatly affect their operations.
According to Sofapaka chairman Elly Kalekwa, this is not the first time that the country finds itself in a similar situation.
“For sure FIFA will ban Kenya if we do not follow their directive,”
“That will not be the best thing for us at this time because we will have nothing to play for. Some officials do not care whether we are banned or not as they only concerned about their own interests,” he said.
Kalekwa particularly expressed concern about the inability to sell players in case of a ban something he says will greatly impact club’s revenues.
AFC Leopards chairman Dan Shikanda also expressed fears that a ban on the country will roll down the many gains the country has built even as he called on FIFA not to take sides on the matter.
“We are in a very difficult situation as it is but there is a ray of hope especially after President Uhuru Kenyatta came to watch the derby this month. That means that things will begin to change.
“If there is no agreement between the stakeholders, we will forestall such gains that we were beginning to have. We all agree that FIFA is supreme and my advice is that they should listen to both sides and come up with an amicable solution.”
“They ought not to take sides in the matter so that we can get the right solution.”
Posta Rangers chairman John Tonui is also concerned that the stand-off could lead to a ban on the country something he insists we are not ready for at this time.
“We will particularly be affected in the area of getting a sponsor for the league as we are making good progress at the moment. We are getting somewhere and we cannot afford for that to be thrown out of the window.
“My understanding is that what FIFA said and the Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT) ruling are not far apart. There are really no major issues that we should allow ourselves to be banned,” he said.