The champion of the Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKFPL) in 2022-2023 would walk away empty-handed, according to Nick Mwendwa.
The current season is nearing its completion, but the teams will have little to celebrate, with Mwendwa stating that there will be no prize money.
“There’s no money, and we won’t reward the league champions this season,” Mwendwa told the Standard.
“We will not have any prize giving, where is the money going to come from? This was just a rescue season. We might want to try and even have a gala, but we don’t have the statistics and a committee in place that should have been following players’ performance.”
The only reward for the league winner, however, is a CAF Champions League ticket.
However, the FKF supremo is hopeful that the next season will be different from the current one.
“But we are packaging something big for the new campaign, and these clubs will smile throughout the season. I can’t give the details right now,” he added.
“Our season will officially run between August and May with broadcasting and sponsorship deals as well as club licensing. I’m not worried, and I actually think this was a blessing in disguise because we all know now what we need to do.”
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Mwendwa returned to office after he was previously ejected, and he has blamed the current financial status of the league on what transpired in his absence.
“We found ourselves in this situation because when there is no leadership and everything is in shambles, nobody wants to be part of it,” he continued.
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“There was nobody to speak to the sponsors when we were forcefully removed from the office. We had a seven-year broadcasting deal with StarTimes worth 1.4 million dollars a year. We used to give clubs between Ksh300,000-Ksh400,000 per month.
“Do you know how such an amount of money comes in handy for these clubs? But that was cut off the day I was arrested. Two days later, StarTimes walked away.”