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Sofapaka. Muhoroni to know their fete today

The fate of three clubs in regard to next year’s Kenyan Premier League (KPL) will be known today.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) will announce whether Sofapaka, Muhoroni Youth and Thika United have succeeded in reversing their relegation.

The three clubs were relegated after failing to meet licensing requirements.

They were, however, thrown a life line last week when the federation’s appeals committee ruled they be allowed to resubmit fresh documents for licensing.

According to FKF president Nick Mwendwa, they hope to have a way forward on the matter today.

“We will today make public the fate of the three clubs and this should bring to an end the debate on who is eligible to take part in KPL,” he said.

Sources in the Licensing Committee have intimated that while Thika United and Sofapaka could be reinstated not so for Muhoroni Youth.

“Sofapaka have brought a bank guarantee to show they will be able to pay their players this season. Furthermore, the club has also cleared pending dues for the players and this is a positive move,” said our source.

Thika United have also submitted the required documents.

Last week, Thika United Chief Executive Mike Muruiki said they are confident of being reinstated.

“We realised the documents we submitted in the first instance were not done in the prescribed manner. We have corrected the same and we are confident the appeals committee will reinstate us,” he said.

However, Muhoroni Youth CEO James Orundu insists their relegation was not in order.

“It is unfair that we have been relegated for non-sporting reasons which is against Fifa and CAF relegations,” he said.

Should Sofapaka and Thika United be reinstated, then FKF will be forced to promote one more team from the lower league for an 18-team competition.

In this case KCB or Vihiga United may take up the position as long as they meet licensing requirements.

Kenyan Premier League CEO Jack Oguda said they are waiting for verdict on appeals before releasing the fixtures.

“The kick off date for the KPL remains February 11 and the fixtures are ready. We are just waiting to know who is eligible and then we release the fixtures,” he said.

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