Clubs Rush to Beat CAF Licensing Deadline

A number of club’s in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and the National Super League(NSL) are rushing against time to beat the licence for the on-going CAF licencing processing. With only KPL Champions Tusker FC cleared and GoTV Shield champions  Ulinzi Stars awating clearence, several big names have been working around the clock to ensure that they beat the December 31 deadline.

15-time Kenyan champions Gor Mahia and their bitter rivals AFC Leopards are among a host of clubs that have submitted their considerations for liensing. In what is a shock revelation, Mathare United who are celebrating 30 years of existence on Saturday 3rddecember are yet to show interest in the process.

It is exactly 30 days to the end of the process and like the typical Kenyan, most clubs will be rushing to comply with this or face deregistration.

Teams in process of complying: AFC Leopards SC, FC, GorMahia FC, KK Homeboyz FC, SonySugar FC, Thika United FC, Palos FC, K-Sharks FC, KCB FC, Wazito FC, Chemelil Sugar, Nakumatt FC, ZOO Kericho FC.

Teams which are yet to submitt compliance requests: Posta Rangers FC, Western Stima FC, Mathare United FC, Muhoroni Youth FC, Ushuru FC, Sofapaka FC, Bandari FC, Nairobi City Stars FC, Nzoia Sugar FC, Bidco United FC, Talanta FC, MOSCA FC, Police FC, Oserian FC, Ligi Ndogo FC, Nakuru All Stars FC, St Joseph FC, Shabana FC, Nairobi Stima FC.

Here are the requirements for CAF Licencing.


a)         The Club must submit club’s budget for the entire season 2017.

b)         The Club must submit duly executed written confirmations from the sources of funds (Guarantee of Sponsorship/Income)

c)         The Club must submit its current bank statement for the last 12 months.


a)         The Club must have qualified sportingly (in FKF Competitions) to participate in a particular competition.

b)         The Club must own and operate youth teams participating in official FKF Competitions as indicated in Sporting Criteria segment of this manual.

c)         All the Club’s professional players must have written contracts. Only contracts registered with FKF shall be considered valid.

d)         A list of the Senior (First) Team Players and their allocated shirt numbers


a)         A Club must have an “approved” (Approved by the FIB) stadium available for playing FKF Football Competitions as its Home ground.

b)         Each Club applying for a Licence shall, provide copies of agreement between the stadium and the club.

c)         The Club shall submit information and documents about the offices of the Club.


For the Kenya Premier League (KPL)

a)         The Club shall employ a Club Chief Executive Officer (Club CEO). The License Applicant shall register the same with FKF and submit an employment contract of the Club CEO.

b)         The Club shall employ a Head Coach. The License Applicant shall register the same with FKF and submit an employment contract of the Head Coach.

•          Only a person who hold a minimum of CAF B License or its equivalent can be employed as a KPL Club Head Coach


a)         The Club shall submit a CoR(Certificate of registration)from sports registrar

b)         The club must submit a copy of its current, valid statutes (Memorandum and Articles of Association) to the Licensor.

The Scoring system shall be as stated in table below:


Green Range Score


70% and above


Orange Range Score


Between 50% and above to Below 70%


Red Range Score


Below 50%

If the License applicant obtains the Green Range Score, they shall be issued with a License.

If the License Applicant obtains the Orange Range Score, it shall be issued with a Provisional License with highlighted items to be fulfilled before the beginning of the second round of the respective League.

If the License Applicant obtains the Red Range Score, it shall not be issued with a License or Provisional License.

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