AFC Leopards SC and Chemelil Sugar are set to became the the latest Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clubs to receive club Licensing certification after Kakamega Homeboyz, Ulinzi Stars and Tusker FC, to beat the Friday 16 December deadline set by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF), after they received their score cards on Thursday 15 December, that qualifies them for, at the very least, provisional certification.
Apart from the quintet, Bandari FC, who are believed to have acquired the services of 2016 KPL title winning coach Paul Nkata, also received the right scores that guarantees them a full license, and are free to feature in the top flight in the coming season.
On a day that saw a rush for teams to beat the deadline, National Super League (NSL) sides Zoo Kericho and promoted Kariobangi Sharks also got the right scores for albeit a provisional license and are scheduled for further scrutiny before a full certificate is dished. Already, their NSL counterpart Wazito from the second tier is already certified.
KPL sides Muhoroni Youth, Western Stima and Mathare United, as well as NSL sides Nzoia and Nakumatt also submitted their documents but had to be sent back for a reason or two to put their documents in order.
The FKF called for a presser on Thursday 8 December to warn the clubs that had not complied of dire consequences, a key one being locked out of the top flight with the President Nick Mwendwa coming out on the KPL end of year awards gala to reiterate, noting that only teams that comply will be allowed to participate in the top flight.