International Media firm MP and Silva suspend further payments to the Football Kenya Federation over claims of poor planning and substandard state of the FKF premier league in comparison to the KPL premier league.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
FKF will definitely have to seriously re-evaluate their willingness to run a parallel league to the Kenya Premier league after major financiers MP and Silva pulled out of their deal worth 25 million USD after paying only USD 833,000.
This was addressed by a lengthy letter sent to FKF chair Sam Nyamweya and signed by MP and Silva Chief Operation’s officer which was accessed by some media outlets. The letter stated that they consider their minimum guarantee for the 2015 season as Zero and they will not add to the current sum of the 833,000 USD for this season.
They had a list of reasons including the fact that in their prior contract they had been promised the participation of the two major teams in the country which are Gor Mahia FC and AFC Leopards. They also said that the league that Azam is broadcasting (FKF premier league) was second tier in quality. Another reason is they doubted whether the GOTV cup would be under their broadcast as earlier stipulated. They also expressed their disappointment of having no memorandum of understanding between the FKF-PL and the KPL.The termination also spread to the funding of the National team, the Harambee stars.
It remains to be seen how FKF will resolve this issue as MP and Silva seem to demand a resemblance of order from FKF and seem to stress that the federation has fallen short of its fulfillment of the contract they signed earlier this year. This might tilt the balance slightly in the favor of the Kenya Premier League Company but FKF is the default FIFA body in Kenya so it is safe to say that the broadcast rights battle will continue at the end of the season.