There is an unprecedented scenario that is likely to unfold next season in the National Super League (NSL) where three Stima teams could come up against one another.
As it stands with a match to go in the top flight, Western Stima are facing the danger of relegation from the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) while Coast Stima lie second in Zone A of the third tier, National Division One League and are primed for promotion to the NSL where, Nairobi Stima's bid from promotion to the KPL went up in smoke with the 1 - 3 loss to KCB on Sunday 12 November.
If it all stays as is, especially in the top flight, three teams affiliated to the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) will all be in the second tier for the 2018 season.
Nairobi Stima currently are currently fifth on the log on 64 points, nine off third place which is the last slot for winning promotion, with two games left to play.
In 2011/2012 a similar situation was about to unfold involving two of these three teams - Nairobi Stima and Western Stima. The capital side was in pole position to seal promotion from the then FKF Nationwide League while Western were regulars in the top flight.
According to Article 18.2 of FIFA statutes regarding the ownership of affiliated clubs, the Nairobi based side was forced into new ownership which also led to a change in name to Nairobi Stima Welfare Football Club as they hoped for their top flight journey. They however would not seal promotion.
The article states that: Every member shall ensure that it’s affiliated clubs can take all decisions on any matters regarding membership independently of any external body. This obligation applies regardless of any affiliates club’s corporate structure. In any case the member shall ensure that neither a natural nor a legal person (including holding companies and subsidiaries) exercises control over more than one club whenever the integrity of any match or competition could be jeopardized.
In 2007 a similar situation unfolded in Spain where the owner of Ciudad de Murcia, a Spanish second division team sold his shares and also the rights to participating in the second division for the 2007-08 season to the owner of Granada CF. The club’s name was subsequently changed to Granada 74 (now defunct) and relocated to Granada.
It is still unclear whether the same fate will befall either the Coast based side or the Western one if it so comes to be that they will all be playing in the same division. One thing that is clear though is that fans will have a triple treat next season with three Stima derbies.