Former Kenya Premier League (KPL) champions Sofapaka have been relegated to the second tier after failing to comply with the requirements.
This was declared by the Football Kenya Federations (FKF) on Monday and they have been advised to register with the National Super League where they will be required to apply for a license and submit documents by 20th and hope to be in the league by the 30th January.
Besides Batoto Ba Mungu, other sides that failed to have full requirements for featuring in the top division are Muhoroni Youth and Thika United and thus the KPL 2017 season will have only 15.
The fifteen confirmed teams as revealed by FKF President Nick Mwendwa are Tusker, Ulinzi Stars, Bandari, AFC Leopards, Gor Mahia, Kakamega Homeboyz, Chemelil Sugar, Posta Rangers, Western Stima, Mathare United, Sony Sugar, Nakumatt, Zoo Kericho, Kariobangi Sharks and Nzoia United.
Nzoia and Sharks gained automatic promotion at the end of the 2016 National Super League (NSL) season but Zoo Kericho and Nakumatt are beneficiaries of the failures by the relegated trio.
Nevertheless, only champions Tusker, coached by Ugandan George ‘Best’ Nsimbe, Bandari under Paul Nkata and Ulinzi Stars have fully complied with the rest given provisional licenses until mid-season.
Relegated Sofapaka have reportedly agreed a deal with Sam Ssimbwa and the club is home to compatriots Mathias Kigonya and Johnson Bagoole among others.
What is FIFA Club Licensing?
Club licensing, as introduced during a FIFA congress in Munich in 2006, sets out standards and procedures by which clubs will be assessed as a basis for continuous improvement of many aspects of football.
Licensing monitors clubs in five key areas; sporting, infrastructure, legal, personnel, administrative, and finance. Licensing will apply to Football Kenya Federation member clubs.
All member associations are expected to comply with the requirements failure to which clubs from within respective associations will be shut out from continental assignments.