Be patient, FKF tells WPL teams as financial crunch bites


Doris Petra, the Football Kenya Federation vice-president pictured during a Team change press briefing ahead ...
(FILE)Doris Petra, the Football Kenya Federation vice-president pictured during a Team change press briefing ahead of FKF National election at Panafric hotel on January 28, 2016. Photo/SportPicha

In Summary

  • FKF deputy president Doris Petra urged clubs competing in the Kenyan women premier league(WPL) to be patient enough for the disbursement of the money to enable them run the league.
  • Vihiga Leeds have the most walkovers having not showed up three times something which led the federation to relegate them out of the league.
  • According to Petra, FKF will meet different stakeholders and the league coaches this week to discuss further on how the league will run.

Football Kenya Federation(FKF) deputy president Doris Petra has urged clubs competing in the Kenyan Women Premier League (WPL) to be patient and wait for the disbursement of their grants.

Petra, in an interview with Citizen Digital said she understands difficulties the clubs are facing in terms of finances  as  they work on honouring their league fixtures noting that FIFA is yet to wire the funds to the federation’s accounts.

“I understand clubs have been struggling in the league, some of them not able to honour their away fixtures. We as the federation have received complains from the coaches but I want them to be patient,”pleaded Petra.

“We were to receive grants from FIFA to cater for the women league two weeks ago but up to date we haven’t. We wrote to them and I am sure in the next few days they will respond. Immediately we receive the money we will channel to the clubs and the league will run smoothly,” added Petra.

Vihiga Leeds have had the most walkovers having not showed up three times leading to their relegation from the league. Apart from Leeds, other teams that have missed matches are Kayole Starlets, Spedag and Eldoret Falcons.

Of the seven matches that were scheduled for the weekend, only one was played, a testimony to the biting financial situation, with Gaspo Youth hammering Soccer Queens 3-0  at Ruiru grounds to continue leading the log with 33 points,  six clear to the second positioned Vihiga queens.

Elsewhere, Vihiga queens coach Alex Alumira said they are suffering due to lack of funds but is optimistic of reclaiming top position .

“As a coach I can say many clubs are suffering due to lack of funds,” said Alumira.

“FKF should look for other ways of acquiring money to assist the league. Gaspo is leading yes, but believe me we shall overcome them and win the title this season if everything is sorted.”

According to Petra, FKF will meet different stakeholders and the league coaches this week to discuss further on the way forward.

 

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