The football Kenya Federation (FKF) has given out a 17 – point schedule that will guide the issuance of licenses to clubs ahead of the National Super League (NSL) and Kenyan Premier League (KPL) campaigns in 2019 and the future.
The federation will start the program in February 2018 and the same will be staggered for 12 months, until end of January 2019, with the schedule set to form the basis of the licensing exercise for the coming years, in compliance with CAF guidelines.
The first order of activities will be the Club Licensing Workshops set to run all through February with the aim being to sensitize clubs on the entire process and the changes to Club Licensing Regulations.
At the beginning of March, the actual application for the licenses will commence after the Licensing Committee distributes to clubs the regulations manual, reporting forms and applicable templates for the particular year.
The process will go on until the end of April with the submission of the application forms following, starting May to the end of June. At this point the licensing committee will review the applications and advice on the same on amendments of rectification as need arises.
On 30 June will be the deadline for submissions and no new documents and amendments will be admitted afterwards as the committee indexes all applications for review by the First Instance Body (FIB) for further review starting mid July to 30 September. During this period the FIB will also commission the inspection of training grounds of the applicants (clubs), their offices and stadia to host home matches and all these will be recorded on video.
For a fortnight, between 1 – 15 September, the FIB will meet the applicants to review the applications and explain their verdict, grant or deny licenses and issue the applicants the written decision of their verdicts.
There will be an Appeals Committee in place to receive complaints from unsuccessful applicants for the license. The applicants will have a 15 – day window, between 15 and 30 September to write to the committee setting out reasons for appeal. The Appeals Body will between 1 and 25 October meet to review the appeal and issue the verdict to grant or decline applications and inform the FKF in writing of the same between 25 October and 5 November.
Between 1 and 30 November, the Licensing Committee will then issue a report to be submitted by itself to the federation, CAF, clubs and the media.
There will as well be a window for amendments to the licensing regulations, based on the experiences encountered, which would be submitted by the Licensing Committee to the FKF National Executive Committee for approval or rejection.
The FKF NEC will meet to approve or reject the recommendations between 1 November and 30 January. The NEC decision will be final and be included in the subsequent year’s licensing regulations.
Submission of falsified documents, disregarding the set deadlines, failure to cooperate with the FIB or Club Licensing Committee as well as non-fulfillment of criteria will attract sanctions to clubs, including but not limited to: a caution; obligation to fulfill a criteria by a set deadline; a fine; reporting of issues to the FKF or KPL bodies in charge; obligation to submit guarantees; withholding of grants/prize monies; seeking more financial details; points deduction; relegation to a lower league division; license review and possible regarding and license withdrawal.