As the 2017 season heads to the final stages, a number of teams will be waiting with bated breath to know what the future holds for them, as regards promotion and relegation, with the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) setting Saturday 2 and Wednesday 6 December as the dates for the Kenyan Premier League/National Super League promotion/relegation playoffs.
Down in the third tier, the air is not yet clear on which other team(s) will be joining Green Commandoes and Kangemi AllStars in the NSL as the decision by Palos FC to close shop has proven to have far reaching consequences.
It has emerged, Palos may hit an about turn on the decision to fold. They are in talks with potential funders, as confirmed by the FKF CEO Robert Muthomi who stated that the federation will not strike the Kisumu based side out just yet, pending the outcome of the talks.
Should the club opt to stay on, then there will be a playoff between Coast Stima and Timsales, the second placed teams in the Division One Zones B and A respectively. Otherwise both teams will be promoted to make NSL 2018, a 20 – team league.
“The top two will be promoted straight,” he said, “then there are two teams going down from the NSL which leaves us with 17 teams.
“Then there is a request from a club to fold, and if that goes through, we will take number one and two from both (Division One) zones. We are however still waiting on Palos, who say they are negotiating with some people for funding so we haven’t effected their withdrawal yet. If they stay in the league then we will have playoffs.”
Two legged affair
As for the promotion/relegation playoff, it will be a two – legged affair, played home and away. Thika United booked a place in the playoffs after finishing 16th in the KPL and will face off with one of Vihiga United, Ushuru FC, Wazito FC or KCB.
“Once we get the team that finishes third in the NSL we will be able to confirm the venues because it will be a home and away affair,” he added.
The 2017 NSL season had 19 teams following Oserian FC’s demotion after failing to meet the club licensing threshold.