About KPL
KPL mission and history

Kenyan Premier League Ltd (KPL)

The Kenyan Premier League Ltd (KPL) is a private company incorporated in October 2003 under the Companies Act of Kenya. The KPL is fully owned and managed by the sixteen Premier League clubs. The KPL is affiliated to the Football Kenya Limited (FKL), which is also a KPL shareholder and voting member of the KPL Board of Directors. Non-voting members include the Kenya Football Coaches Association (KEFOCA) and Kenya Football Referees Association (KEFORA).

KPL mission statement

Our mission is to build professionalism on and off the field in the Kenyan Premier League and its participating clubs, coaches, players and referees and ensure we always act together for the good of our sport and nation

KPL motto: For the good of our sport and nation

KPL goals

Key KPL goals include:

(a) to raise the professional standards and performance of our clubs, coaches, players and referees;

(b) to improve the competitiveness and attractiveness of our league for fans, sponsors and media;

(c) to secure and use sponsorships and other revenue to strengthen the future of our league and our clubs;

(d) to provide a professional and competitive basis for our clubs and our national teams to represent our country in international competitions;

(e) to undertake new programmes within and among our clubs for contributing to community and national development and achieving greater national unity;

(f) to contribute to the improvement of football in our country and abroad through cooperation with other clubs and associations in and outside Kenya and with CECAFA, CAF and FIFA.

KPL core values

Key KPL values include:

Democratic ownership: In KPL our clubs all have equal shares

Democratic decision-making: In KPL our clubs all have equal votes

Fairplay: In KPL our clubs are all equal under the rules

Leadership on merit: In KPL our Chairman is the Chairman of the highest ranked club in the previous Premier League and our Vice Chairmen are the Chairmen of the next two highest ranked clubs

Good governance: In KPL our main policy and decision-making body is the Senior Management Committee which meets every second week and consists of the senior officials of each of the 16 Premier League clubs plus FKL, KEFOCA and KEFORA

Transparency: In KPL our Senior Management Committee meetings and records of decisions are open to the media

Financial accountability: In KPL all our members, sponsors and the media can review our financial records and accounts at any time

National development: In KPL our clubs are committed to contributing to local and national development though special projects on key issues such as AIDS prevention, environmental improvement and alcohol/drug abuse

National unity: In KPL our members are from all parts of the country and maintain a zero tolerance policy against tribalism, racism, corruption and hooliganism or discrimination based on religion, gender or disability

KPL Clubs Charter

Our clubs are committed to managing our clubs in a professional and honest manner and with respect for the rules as well as the principles of good governance, financial accountability, public transparency and fairplay on and off the field. We undertake to ensure that our clubs:

1. Play to win, play fair and accept both victory and defeat with dignity;

2. Respect the KPL and other club officials, the match officials and spectators;

3. Reject corruption, hooliganism, banned substances, racism and discrimination of any kind;

4. Behave with the utmost good faith and honesty in all relations with the KPL and other clubs;

5. Act always in a manner that does not bring the KPL or the game into disrepute;

6. Comply with the Laws of the Game and KPL, FKL, CECAFA, CAF and FIFA policies and rules;

7. Inform our officials and players on the relevant policies and rules and ensure they respect them;

8. Respect the contractual responsibilities and obligations of the employees of another club;

9. Discharge our financial obligations to the KPL and other clubs promptly and fully;

10. Seek to resolve any differences with the KPL or other clubs without recourse to a court of law.

KPL cooperation with the Football Kenya Limited (FKL)

The KPL and the Premier League clubs are members of the FKL and pay a consolidated annual af-filiation fee agreed by the FKL-KPL Joint Coordination Committee which consists of five members appointed by the FKL and five members appointed by the KPL and is chaired by a FKL representative with a KPL representative as the Vice Chairman. Among other responsibilities, the FKL-KPL Joint Coordination Committee helps coordinate the annual calendar of events and fixtures and considers changes in the Rules of Football Kenyal as well as joint projects of mutual interest and benefit for both parties and Kenyan football such as training courses for top coaches and referees. It also approves annually the selection of top referees for the Premier League while the appointment of referees to matches is done by the KPL.

The FKL National Executive Committee includes two KPL representatives: the KPL Chairman is the FKL Second National Vice Chairman plus one other KPL representative appointed by the KPL Senior Management Committee. The FKL Annual and Special General Meetings include the chairmen of five Premier League clubs as voting members. The five KPL representatives are appointed by the Senior Management Committee.

KPL history highlights

Incorporation 2003

The Kenyan Premier League Limited (KPL) is a private company limited by shares. The company was incorporated on October 31, 2003 under Chapter 486 of the Companies Act of the Laws of Kenya.

Kenyan Champions League 2003

KPL launched and successfully managed the Kenyan Champions League which became one of the most highly competitive and fairplay leagues in Kenyan football history. It was also the best managed with no matches failing to kickoff, no abandoned matches, no incidents of hooliganism, no referee boycotts, no two-match weekends for any club, no serious injuries to any players, no appeals against the referees or results of any matches and no disciplinary action needed against any club officials or players. Also, no team dominated the other teams as the goal difference was two goals or less for all but two matches. The 2003-04 champions were Utalii FC with Tusker FC as the runner-up.

First Transparency Cup 2003

In November/December 2003 KPL launched the world’s first Transparency Cup with the theme of "Kicking corruption out of football". The Cup champions were Utalii FC with Gor Mahia FC as the runners-up. The awards for the top clubs, players and referees were the highest for any Cup competition in the 40-year history of Kenyan football.

Second Transparency Cup 2004

In March/July 2004 KPL successfully organized the second Transparency Cup. The Cup champions were Kenya Commercial Bank FC with Thika United FC as the runner-up.

KPL Football Role of Honour 2004

KPL created the first Football Roll of Honour to recognize those who selflessly dedicated themselves to improving Kenyan football and named the following first eleven members who have free lifetime en-try to all KPL matches: Mohamed Abbas, Ahmed Breik, Peter Dawo, Kadir Farah, Joe Kadenge, Joe Masiga, Josephat Murila, John Nyawanga. Bob Ogolla, Nahashon Oluoch and Allan Thigo.

Kenyan Premier League 2005/06

With the agreement of the then KFF, CAF and FIFA, KPL took over the ownership and management of the Premier League which was again highly competitive. Over two-thirds of the matches played were vic-tories and 90% of the matches were only 1 or 2 goal victories or draws. The 2005/06 Premier League champions were

New KPL office, staff and outreach 2005

In 2005 KPL established a new headquarters and office in Riadha House in central Nairobi and appointed a Managing Director and assistant. KPL now also has an office co-located with the FKL at the new FIFA GOAL Project headquarters at Kasarani Stadium. Since May 2005 KPL has provided its members with an e-mail news service every morning containing relevant articles from the Kenyan and international media. Every Monday morning during the season KPL also provides the media with the weekend match results and updated league standings.

Stopping hooliganism 2006

After several serious incidents in February 2006, KPL adopted a new 'zero tolerance' policy against hooliganism and attacks on referees. In over 400 KPL matches since then, there have been only three attacks on referees which were all firmly dealt with under the KPL policy. The last time a referee was assaulted was in July 2007.

KPL support to national teams 2003-07

During 2003-07 the KPL clubs provided the majority of national team players and voluntarily released their players for far longer periods than required in the FIFA rules.

Inter-club solidarity and unity 2003-07

During 2003-07 KPL held over eighty Senior Management Committee meetings. Despite dealing with many contentious policy issues, KPL has never had to vote. All KPL decisions have been made by consensus among the participating clubs.

Cairo Agreements 2006

The KPL would likely not have survived without the insistence and persistence of FIFA on protecting the principles and integrity of our sport. The watershed event for saving and improving Kenyan football was the meeting convened by FIFA in Cairo, Eqypt in January 2006. The meetings in Cairo involved the Presidents and senior officials of FIFA and CAF; the Minister, Assistant Minister and senior officials of the Kenyan Ministry of Sports; the Chairman and two senior officials of FKL; and three KPL club representatives. Together they concluded and signed the 28-point Cairo Agreements which provided a new foundation for building a new future for Kenyan football.

Kenyan Premier League 2006/07

The 2006/07 Premier League was likely the only top league in the world which was successfully managed and financed by the clubs themselves without any external sponsorship at all. It was also the most highly competitive Premier League in the 44 year history of Kenyan football. With only three matches remaining to play for each club, over half the clubs were still contending to win the title or avoid relegation: only three points separated the top three clubs and only six points separated the bot-tom six clubs. Key achievements on and off the field during the 2006/07 season are highlighted below.

Achievements on the field in 2007

Ensured relegation/promotion agreements were respected for the first time in many years

Reunited all legitimately qualified clubs in a single Premier League with 16 clubs

Adopted and regularly updated the fixtures for the entire season

Organized 240 Premier League matches

Increased competitiveness

Achieved greater fairplay (e.g. far fewer yellow/red cards and injuries to players)

Higher goal scoring (e.g. an average of over two goals per game)

Ensured no club played more than three matches in any 14-day period

Had only two abandoned matches and one assault on match officials

Had only 14 appeals/disciplinary cases (compared to over 30 the previous season)

Ensured no matches failed to kick off due to lack of match officials

Ensured all match officials were paid in full

Implemented new match officials assessments by clubs after every match

Strengthened support and cooperation with KFF on national senior and youth teams

Achievements off the field in 2007

Confirmed FKL, CAF and FIFA recognition of KPL as the Premier League owner/manager

Published the updated Premier League standings every Monday morning

Circulated the Kenyan Football News reports to club officials every day

Held 25 meetings of the KPL Senior Management Committee and technical committees

Made over 200 policy/management decisions by consensus (e.g. voting never needed)

Circulated the record of decisions within two working days after every meeting

Appointed a new Independent Disciplinary and Appeals Committee (IDAC)

Established a new KPL office at the FIFA/FKL GOAL PROJECT facility

Participated in five meetings of the FKL National Executive Committee/Annual General Meeting

Strengthened cooperation with FKL in six meetings of FKL-KPL Joint Coordination Committee

Provided significant staff support to FKL on re-starting and managing the Nationwide League

Participated in five meeting with FKL, CAF and FIFA in Nairobi and Zurich

Managed all achievements through inter-club cooperation without any external sponsors

Secured FIFA financial support for new training workshops and club equipment

New KPL partnership with SuperSport International

On November 24th the KPL and SuperSport International opened a new era in the 44-year history of Kenyan football by signing a 4-year partnership agreement. Under the agreement, SuperSport secured the TV broadcast and new media rights for the Kenyan Premier League for a total of US$5.5 million (Ksh 360 million) for the 4-year period. Other features of the new partnership with SuperSport included: the design and promotion of a new and distinctive KPL logo; the design and online management of a new and user-friendly KPL website; the significant investment in infrastructure and personnel in support of the partnership; the development of new skills and jobs locally by training Kenyan television crews and match commentators; the organization of workshops and seminars for clubs officials on improving club management, marketing, sponsorships and advertising; and the training of two top KPL officials at a high-level Executive Sports Management Programme as the Wits University Business School in Johannesburg.

Challenges on the field for 2008

Raise the standards and fees of referees (e.g. keep fewer and only the best for the new season)

Raise the standards and training programmes for Premier League coaches

Improve playing fields in cooperation with the government, municipalities and corporate owners

Ensure better match management and security by appointing/training new match marshals

Agree with FKL on a new annual and longer-term plans for national teams

Challenges off the field for 2008

Adopt a new marketing, broadcast and brand management strategy

Secure new sponsors/partners for the 2008 season

Appoint a full-time professional management team and secretariat

Help establish a new national association of players

Improve club management with more full-time club staff and training workshops

Achieve greater financial and contractual stability for all clubs, coaches, players and referees

Improve information flow and support to media on KPL, clubs, coaches, players and referees

Establish a new and comprehensive website with timely data on the league and clubs

Expand the KPL community service programmes by Premier League clubs

Strengthen cooperation through the FKL-KPL Joint Coordination Committee


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