Kenya Premier League has welcomed the resignation of Tusker FC chairman James Musyoki as the KPL chairman.
Musyoki stepped down on Wednesday amid the standoff between FKF and KPL and will be replaced by Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier.
Rachier is seen by many within the football circles being against Nick Mwendwa’s administration at FKF. Mwendwa beat Rachier in the federation’s election in 2016 and a Rachier led KPL has
“It therefore goes without saying that Mr. Musyoki leaves KPL and Tusker Football Club with his head held high and the Kenyan Premier League Ltd would like to take this opportunity to express its heartfelt and sincere gratitude to Mr. Musyoki for the verve, wisdom, integrity and dedicated leadership with which he executed his role as KPL Chairman, member of KPL Governing Council and member of the Joint Executive Committee,” read the KPL statement.
“As per KPL policy following the KPL Governing Council Resolution of 18 December 2013, Gor Mahia Football Club Chairman, Mr. Ambrose Rachier will take over as KPL Chairman for the next 6 months before relinquishing the position to the incoming Tusker Football Club Chairman. Kenyan Premier League Ltd wishes Mr. Musyoki all the best in his new endeavors.”
Rachier’s elevation comes weeks after he was summoned to appear before the FKF Disciplinary Committee for his involvement in the wrangles that have rocked Kenyan football since January 2017 where the KPL and FKF have posted differing stands towards the composition of the Kenyan Premier League.
The tussle between KPL and FKF came up after FKF relegated Muhoroni and Sofapaka after failing to comply with club licensing requirements with KPL going ahead to include them in the fixtures.
In 2015, Rachier was on the FKF side that advocated for 18-team premier league leading to the formation of FKF Premier League during Sam Nyamweya’s reign while Rachier was on the KPL side that remained adamant on a 16-team league leading to court battles.