Gor Mahia, Tusker and Homeboyz acquire women’s teams to beat CAF deadline

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FOOTBALL: Gor Mahia, Tusker and Homeboyz acquire women’s teams to beat CAF deadline

Joel Omotto 14:00 - 25.06.2023

The three teams are among a number of Premier League sides who have opted to take over existing entities rather than start one from scratch

Gor Mahia, Tusker FC and Kakamega Homeboyz were cleared to feature in CAF competitions next season after meeting the minimum requirements set out in the CAF Club Licensing regulations.

Among the tough regulations was a requirement that the clubs must produce a letter from their member association confirming the existence of a women’s first team and that the team is registered in official competitions played at national, regional or local level and recognised by the federation.

If not, then participating clubs have to submit a written agreement with another entity who operates a women’s team.

While FKF did not reveal how the three clubs complied with this requirement, it has now emerged that the trio are among clubs who have decided to acquire existing entities rather than start one from scratch with CAF having set a deadline of June 30.

Gor Mahia have reportedly acquired Acakoro Ladies, who will be renamed Gor Mahia Queens, while Tusker FC have taken over Macmillan Queens who finished 10th in the just-concluded FKF Women’s Division One league.

Kakamega Homeboyz, meanwhile submitted Kakamega Starlets as their team, living true to their chairman Cleophas Shimanyula’s sentiments, after had declared it one of his sides.

Starlets are set to feature in the Women’s Division One next season after finishing top in the Regional League.

“Kakamega Starlets is our team and finished top in the regional league so we have no problem on that aspect,” Shimanyula told Pulse Sports early this month.

Kenya Police are the only side to have publicly announced the acquisition of a women’s team after they declared on Friday that they had taken over Thika Queens, who will now be known as Kenya Police Bullets Football Club.

AFC Leopards also revealed that they are in talks with seasoned side Makolanders FC to rope them in as their women’s side, while Shabana have already laid claim to Kisii Starlets who also feature in the Women’s Division One League.

“It is a team we are interested in but depending on a lot of things. We are finishing one or two things and we will give an official position soon,” Leopards chairman Dan Shikanda told Pulse Sports in May.

Kenyan clubs are in a race against time to comply with the requirement to have a women’s side amid reports that FKF will not allow any side to feature in next season’s Premier League before complying with this requirement.