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Saturday, 08 Apr 2017 18:46 EAT
Football Kenya Federation is ready to dialogue with pay television channel SuperSport and Kenya Premier League with a view to breaking the stalemate that saw the South African pay television revoke its Kenyan Premier League broadcasting contract. FKF chairman Nick Mwendwa said Saturday the issues raised by SuperSport in their letter to KPL over the matter can be addressed and a way forward found.
The South African broadcaster, whose broadcast contract with Kenyan Premier League ends in 2019, cancelled the contract on Friday over what it termed as beach of licence agreement by KPL, the company that runs the Kenya's top league on behalf of FKF. SuperSport said that when in signed the licence agreement with KPL, it (KPL) projected itself as the body that had the full authority to manage the league, yet all matters pertaining to football fall under FKF.
In this case, SuperSport felt it was misled into believing that KPL is the final authority in the running of the Kenyan Premier League, while its actually a body mandated by FKF to run the league on its behalf. A tussle between Kenyan Premier League and parent body FKF over the expansion of the league ended up at the Sports Dispute Tribunal, who ruled in favour of FKF noting that KPL was subordinate to FKF.
Addressing the press in Nairobi Saturday, Mwendwa accused KPL of witholding vital information from FKF, which culminated in SuperSport cancelling the broadcast contract. Had FKF been in the full picture, he said, the situation would have been saved, adding that if all SuperSport wants from KPL is confirmation that FKF has given KPL the mandate to run the league, the national federation is ready to confirm the same.
"The big issue now is getting SuperSport back to Kenyan football, we want the broadcasting of Kenya Premier League matches to continue, we have convened a meeting with KPL on Monday to chart the way forward. But we are saying that commercial arrangements like football sponsorships should be endorsed by FKF to avoid problems in future'', he said.
The president said that much as contracts are between two parties, FKF, as a national federation in charge of football, should at least have a look at the deals involving football bodies and give them the nod. ''Our priority is to remedy the situation, we are not looking for a new broadcast partner, we should not lose a deal that is already in place," Mwendwa said when asked if the federation is shopping for another broadcaster,'' he said.
FKF, who have already met SuperSport, are determined to solve the problem in the next four days.