Muhoroni boss Adagala maintains they are in KPL to stay
Outspoken Muhoroni Youth FC Chairman Moses Adagala has accused Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa of politicising CAF club licensing requirements insisting his club will feature in the 2017 Kenyan Premier League.
Mwendwa announced on Monday that Muhoroni, Thika United and Sofapaka had been axed from the top-flight after failing to meet the requirements of certification under the stringent rules set by the continental governing body.
Reacting to the development Adagala claimed it was a well calculated move by Mwendwa to force through an 18-team KPL for the 2017 season through the backdoor.
“We are not paying attention to Nick’s announcement. We are not even concerned with appealing because the whole thing is cheap politics that we expected.
“We are continuing with serious preps for the 2017 season that we will compete in and I’m sorry it will be still a 16-team league,” Adagala told Citizen Digital in scoffing at Mwendwa.
“Look, he made sure he announced it just a day to the Sports Disputes Tribunal ruling to water it down if it goes against his wish. He had promised the NSL teams he would elevate four instead of two so he is in a fix to keep his word, but it can’t be forced through unorthodox means,” Adagala alleged.
He also questioned the rush by the federation to fully implement the licensing process long before the CAF stipulated deadline adding to his knowledge it expires in October this year.
“Relegation and promotion of teams is decided on the field, not in an office unless it is serious disciplinary action. In this case we are aware CAF’s deadline elapses in October, so it cannot be a ground for relegating teams.
“I already have fixtures for the forthcoming season which we are preparing knowing part of our opponents will be Sofapaka and Thika. Our fans should not panic, we are putting our house in more order to make sure we will make them more proud,” Adagala asserted.
“Soon, Kenyans will know the whole truth of this matter,” the Muhoroni boss said without divulging further details.
Efforts to reach Thika United and Sofapaka top management for comment were not fruitful following the announcement that gave the affected clubs 14 days to appeal the decision.
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