Kenyan Premier League side Tusker FC is the first Kenyan club to comply with Caf Club licensing requirements.
According to a letter obtained by Goal from Football Kenya Federation, the Brewers who face Ulinzi Stars in the final of the GOtv Shield tournament on Thursday, October 20, at the Nyayo Stadium received their certification from the federation this week.
“Before Licensing Tusker we looked at various aspects of club licensing as fronted by Fifa and as a committee came to the conclusion that the club had met the threshold. I want to congratulate Tusker for achieving this milestone and hope that other clubs will follow suit,” Club Licensing Committee chairperson Professor Edwin Wamukoya said.
FKF CEO Robert Muthomi reiterated the federation’s commitment in ensuring that all clubs in Kenyan Premier League and the National Super League (NSL) comply with the club licensing requirements as stipulated by Fifa and Caf.
“We are happy that Tusker who stand a good chance in representing the country in Caf organized competitions next year have complied and it is our prayer that the rest of the clubs that are likely to do the same will also take the necessary steps to comply,” added Muthomi.
According to Caf, all clubs participating in next year’s continental tournaments have until October 31, 2016 to comply, failure to which they risk forfeiting their slot in the tournaments.
Clubs that stand a chance to qualify for the 2017 Caf tournaments include Tusker and Ulinzi Stars all whom stand a chance of lifting the GOTV Shield tournament, which guarantees clubs automatic qualifications in the Caf Confederation Cup.
Others include clubs that until now have a mathematical chance of lifting the Kenyan Premier League and as such, stand a chance of representing Kenya in the 2017 Caf Champions League. They are Tusker and Gor Mahia.