By Greg Mulemi
The future of the FKF Women Premier League looks bleak after 11 out of the 15 participating clubs agreed to forfeit the upcoming fixtures until their demands are met.
Fourfourtwomedia has learnt that a meeting was held in Nakuru on Tuesday 7th May to discuss among others, the formation of a new body that will help raise funds for clubs participating in the top tier. Among the proposed names were the Kenya Women Premier League Clubs (KWPLC),Kenya Women Premier League Teams(KWPLC) and Kenya Women Premier League Association(KWPLA).
‘We agreed to form an association that will help us source for funds to help the clubs that are literally suffering’
‘Since the beginning of the season, we have not received any grants from the federation and this has crippled operations of many clubs,’ our source told Fourfourtwomedia on Thursday.
‘Each club is supposed to receive 750,000 shillings from the federation and after 11 rounds of matches, nothing has reflected in our accounts,’
‘We have had so many clubs forfeit their matches because they cannot raise enough cash to honor matches,’ our source further revealed.
‘Such circumstances make us wonder what intentions the federation has for us, it is getting tougher by day,’ he said.
The Nakuru meeting had nine clubs attend with two sending their apologies. Those in attendance were Gaspo FC, Makolanders, Mathare, Spedag, Zetech Sparks, Kisumu Allstarlets, Nyuki Starlets, Vihiga Queens, Eldorets Falcons, Oserian Ladies and Thika Queens. Absent with apologies were Tranzoia Falcons and Kayole Starlets while absent without apologies were Wadadia FC and Kibera Soccer Academy.
In the stormy meeting, committees were formed to help drive different agenda; the interim committee was formed and will be headed by Joshua Ariko with Alfred Muli the Secretary General. Other officials in the committee are Veronica Achieng(Treasurer), Beryl Oketch (Vice Chairperson) and Githua Edward (Organising Secretary).The resource mobilizing committee has Michael Senelwa, Michael Okanga, Anne Oluoch, Edward Githua and Alfred Muli. The last committee formed in the day was the legal committee that has five members namely; Seth Oduor, Grantone Mganga, Edgar Akhonya, Hudson Odari and Isaac Otieno.
Poor officiating is also an issue that was discussed at the meeting with our source revealing that some teams have been treated unfairly against sides with financial muscle.
‘In all fairness, we have had matches where referees are biased because of favors they receive from well moneyed clubs.’
The clubs have vowed not to proceed with the league fixtures this weekend unless something drastic happens,
However, the Football Kenya Federation(FKF) has maintained that the fixtures will go on as scheduled and any club and any club that does otherwise will face stern action.