The Football Kenya Federation has failed to submit the country’s flag bearer to represent the country in the CAF Confederations Cup next season.
Yesterday, FKF submitted Gor Mahia FC as the county’s representatives in the CAF Champions League next season after declaring them as the KPL champions using the sixth rule of the FKF statues following CAF’s request to submit the fate of both the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and the domestic Cup by May 5.
“We did not submit any name for the competition.”
Acting CEO Barry Otieno revealed to goal.com that they did not submit CAF Confederations Cup representatives to CAF. This is because they don’t have the rules and guidelines to decide the winner of the domestic cup competition which is still stuck at the quarter-final stage.
“We could not manage to give a name [of a club] for the competition because we don’t have rules which govern the domestic Cup [FKF Shield Cup].”
Otieno told the goal in an exclusive interview.
It was easier to submit Gor Mahia’s name for Champions League participation because we used rule six of the FKF statutes but in the domestic Cup we don’t have any rules that can be applied and that is why Kenya is likely to miss a representative next season.
Asked why they did not choose the Shield Cup defending champions Bandari FC or second-placed Kakamega Home Boyz FC in the KPL, Otieno further revealed that they cannot do that as the rules don’t allow them.
“We are not allowed to do that, everything in football must follow the rules, and we don’t have such rules that support FKF to take Bandari or Homeboyz for the competition.”
However, he says the FKF wrote to CAF and informed them about this situation.
“We have written to CAF and explained the situation in the same letter which we submitted Gor Mahia’s name, and we have told them, if we cannot manage to play the remaining matches, from the quarter-finals, then Kenya will miss out from the competition.”
The FKF is now waiting for CAF’s response.