Soldiers Ulinzi Stars have been given until Monday at 5PM to confirm their endorsement of the media and commercial rights between Football Kenya Federation and Startimes Media (Kenya) Limited failure to which they will be suspended from FKF.
In an official letter sent to Ulinzi Stars, FKF noted that despite the club promising to put pen to paper on the deal, it is yet to do so even after receiving Kes. 2 million from the federation.
“The FKF National Executive Committee, in a meeting held today, December 9,2020, noted that your club has not signed and submitted its endorsement to the media and commercial rights agreement entered into on September 29, 2020 between FKF and Startimes Media (Kenya) Limited” read the letter by FKF.
“Furthermore, the FKF NEC has taken note of your communication with the FKF Secretariat and your conversation with the FKF President with regards to the aforementioned letter of endorsement, where you advised that Ulinzi’s signing of the endorsement letter had been delayed due to internal military processes within your club but that in any event, the endorsement was being processed”.
“The federation has already wired Kes. 2 million to your club’s designated account and having scheduled a TV fixture for Ulinzi Stars, the FKF NEC has resolved to have Ulinzi Stars F.C submit its endorsement to the Agreement, not later than Monday, December 14,2020, 17.00HRS PM, failure to which the club will stand suspended from FKF under article 15(1) of the FKF Constitution with immediate effect”.
Should Ulinzi be suspended, they will join Zoo Fc and Mathare United who have been barred from all football activities after failing to endorse the FKF-Startimes deal.
Ulinzi Stars is set to take on Gor Mahia in their first League game of the season this weekend. The match was initially set for broadcast on Startimes but was later replaced with the AFC Leopards-Sofapaka one moments after K’Ogallo chairman Ambrose Rachier wrote to the media house informing them that his side will not have it’s games televised on the platform.
It remains to be seen if the match will go on as earlier planned with both clubs still taking hardline stands on the FKF-Startimes deal.