Talanta have paid the price for failing to present a women's team, a required stipulation by CAF, before qualifying to be issued with a club license.
FKFPL side FC Talanta have been fined $3,000 (Ksh420,000) by the Football Kenya Federation’s independent decision-making body, the First Instance Board (FIB), for failing to present a women’s team ahead of the 2023/24 season.
At the end of the previous season, FKF ordered that every club acquired a women’s team after African football governing body CAF had stipulated that no side would be granted a club license if it did not have an accompanying women’s team.
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In a statement signed by FKF CEO Barry Otieno and seen by Pulse Sports, all 18 clubs have been granted national club licenses which will allow them to participate in the league next season.
However, FC Talanta have been fined for “non-fulfilment of the criterion that required presenting a Women’s team as stipulated in the issued National Club Licensing regulations.”
“The Football Kenya Federation’s First Instance Body (FIB) – an independent decision-making body set up by all CAF’s member associations - has granted licenses to 18 FKF Premier League (FKF PL) clubs to participate in 2023/24 FKF Premier League,” the statement read.
“However, one Club, FC Talanta, has been penalized USD3,000 for non-fulfilment of the criterion that required presenting a Women’s team as stipulated in the issued National Club Licensing regulations.”
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All clubs that qualified for the 2023/24 FKFPL season based on sporting merit had been required to acquire a license before participating in the league through the Club Licensing Online Platform (CLOP) before the August 12, 2023, deadline.
Although FC Talanta appeared to have met all the desired criteria, they failed to submit a women’s team, which left the FIB with no choice but to fine the club.
“Moving forward, the First Instance Body shall conduct spot checks to ascertain that the clubs adhere to the National Club Licensing regulations. Article 16 8(b) of the CAF Club licensing regulations mandates The FIB to revoke a club’s license should they fail to fulfill the set standards,” the statement continued.
Club Licensing is singularly the most viable pathway to ensure professional management and sustainable development of our football.
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