Sports CS Hassan Wario will next week seek to end the standoff between Football Kenyan Federation and the Kenyan Premier League.
Wario will host the two football bodies on Monday at his office as calls for government to intervene in the wrangles intensified.
Speaking during unveiling of new sponsors for Super Eight Soccer Tournament Wrio appeared to be in support of the sixteen team league.
“We are meeting them on Monday and we will rely heavily on the FIFA report that suggested we maintain the 16 team league during this season” Said Wario
“FKF formed KPL and there is a memorandum of understanding, league should only have teams which meets Sponsors budget. If Sponsors can only support 16 teams, then we will have to go with that recommendation, even FIFA report suggest 16 team league for this season” He added
Asked if the government will ban FKF, Wario said they are following closely events unfolding from the Federation before taking any further action. He added if the final solution will be banning the Federation, then they will have no choice.
The minister also revealed he was in possession of the FIFA report which recommended a sixteen team league.
“The FIFA reports suggests we have a sixteen team league for this season with plans for an eighteen team league set to be discussed between the two bodies” Said Wario.
Wario remains confident Monday’s meeting will bring to an end the wrangles that have left the state of football in the country in turmoil.
“we hope we will end this on Monday, FKF requested FIFA to guide them and in return FIFA recommended a sixteen team league, we intend to use that report on Monday” the Sports CS said.
The minister has never met both sides since the wrangles emerged after last season and he says if they fail to agree on Monday, they will come up with another solution.
“I don’t want to preempt the meeting, let’s meet them first, we will spend all our energies on the issue, after that, it will be very late” He said.
The FKF league is set to kick of this weekend while Kenyan Premier League, a total of 14 clubs have confirmed their participation in the KPL league.
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