2016 Kenya Premier League champions Tusker FC together with army side Ulinzi are the only sides in the KPL to comply with Club Licensing regulations Credit: John Batanudde
[/media-credit] 2016 Kenya Premier League champions Tusker FC together with army side Ulinzi are the only sides in the KPL to comply with Club Licensing regulations Credit: John Batanudde

FIFA Football Club Licensing is a system that is met to improve club football globally by setting minimum standards in key areas such as administration, stadium safety, fan experience and youth football development.

And as FIFA is working with its six regional confederations to improve club football including the Confederation of African Football the latter’s member associations are finding a toll order to have their premier clubs complying.

The latest is the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) who have set December 31 at the date for all Kenya Premier League club have to beat the deadline.

The call for clubs to start the compliance process has been with us since April. Additionally, we have been in correspondence with the clubs regarding the compliance call

FKF president Nick Mwendwa was quoted by www.supersport.com, the Kenyan business man still serving in his first year as FKF head also added.

Chances of extending the deadline is zero since we only have December for this year and clubs need to be compliant at start of the year

The FIFA Club Licensing system requires clubs to commit to minimum standards and principles in five key areas, sporting, infrastructure, personnel and administrative, legal and financial.

Mwendwa insists that the compliance is a must hence teams will have to follow the law in a bid to move the level of organization to a higher standard.

Caf licensing is a requirement from Fifa through Caf, it has been part of our constitution and we intend to see all clubs comply with the same.

It’s only KPL winners Tusker and Ulinzi that have complied to with the demands of FKF and Mwendwa confess that a lot will need to be done to bring everyone on board.

There is need for clubs to be sensitized on this requirement. There will be no promotion for teams which will not meet the requirement and those in the top flight that will fail the deadline will also be relegated

In Uganda Club Licensing has been in existence since 2010 and although teams have struggled to comply a lot of progress has been made.

Senior staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering volleyball, football and badminton

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