2007 in Kenyan football

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Football in Kenya
Season 2007
Premier League Tusker
President's Cup Sofapaka
2006 Kenya 2008

The following article is a summary of the 2007 football season in Kenya, the 44th competitive season in its history.

Premier League[edit]

The league was originally supposed to begin in autumn of 2006, but wrangles between two factions led to a parallel league situation. One of them, the Kenyan Premier League, had only seven teams, but were backed by FIFA. Remaining teams formed the KFFPL, supported by the Kenyan government. Teams affiliated to KPL were private clubs and company teams, such as Tusker, and teams owned by non-governmental organizations, like sister clubs Mathare United and Mathare Youth, while teams affiliated to KFFPL were traditional community clubs like Gor Mahia, A.F.C. Leopards and Shabana Kisii, or teams belonging to government-owned organizations.

However, in March 2007, the two leagues were finally united into an 18-team league, though two teams, Mumias Sugar and Kangemi United, disbanded halfway through. The two relegated teams, A.F.C. Leopards and Shabana Kisii were not readmitted, although there were some calls for a larger 20-team league. This was in light of the equally controversial inclusion of Gor Mahia who had been expelled mid-season from the league in the previous season, and Mathare United, which had been relegated for fielding an ineligible player in ten matches.

The season finished in November 2007 with Tusker as the champions and Homegrown and Coast Stars relegated.[1] Bandari and Western Stima gained promotion for the following season.[2][3] Coast Stars appealed against the relegation to their financier Mohamed Hatimy, who also doubled up as the chairman of Kenya Football Federation. Hatimy's decision to reinstate the club was vetoed by FIFA following submissions by KPL.

Final table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Tusker (C) (Q) 30 16 11 3 43 21 +22 59 Qualification to 2008 CAF Champions League
2 Mathare United 30 15 11 4 34 13 +21 56
3 Sony Sugar 30 14 13 3 35 15 +20 55
4 Red Berets 30 13 7 10 35 35 0 46
5 Sher Agencies 30 12 9 9 34 31 +3 45
6 Ulinzi Stars 30 11 10 9 31 28 +3 43
7 Chemelil Sugar 30 12 6 12 30 26 +4 42
8 World Hope 30 11 9 10 32 39 −7 42
9 Thika United 30 8 15 7 24 21 +3 39
10 Mathare Youth 30 9 7 14 23 33 −10 34
11 Gor Mahia 30 9 7 14 24 36 −12 34
12 Agrochemical 30 8 9 13 27 28 −1 33
13 Mahakama 30 8 7 15 28 43 −15 31
14 Kenya Commercial Bank 30 7 9 14 30 33 −3 30
15 Homegrown (R) 30 8 5 17 24 44 −20 29 Relegation to 2008 Nationwide League
16 Coast Stars (R) 30 7 7 16 31 49 −18 28

Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

President's Cup[edit]

The President's Cup was marred by the withdrawal of many leading teams. The cup was eventually won by Nationwide League side Sofapaka.

Since clubs from the Central African Republic, Chad, Kenya, Rwanda and Sierra Leone were disqualified for failure to fulfill their financial obligations,[4] Sofapaka were unable to compete in the 2008 CAF Confederation Cup.

Semifinals Finals
           
1 Sofapaka 1
4 Nakuru Police 0
Sofapaka 2
Homegrown 0
3 Homegrown 2
2 Gor Mahia 1

National team[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

The national team finished the qualification phase of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations third in its group and missed the final tournament. They had played two out of their six qualifying matches in 2006, which are included below.

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Angola 13 6 4 1 1 16 5 +11
 Eritrea 9 6 2 3 1 5 9 -3
 Kenya 7 6 2 1 3 6 7 -1
 Swaziland 3 6 0 3 3 0 8 -7

CECAFA Cup[edit]

Kenya also competed in the 2007 CECAFA Cup. They reached the quarter-finals but lost 4-2 on penalties to Uganda.

Group stage[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Burundi 7 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4
 Tanzania 7 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2
 Kenya 3 3 1 0 2 3 3 0
 Somalia 0 3 0 0 3 0 6 -6

Quarter-finals[edit]

Other matches[edit]

The following is a list of other matches played by Kenya in 2007.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daily Nation, November 22, 2007: Mahakama survive relegation in league
  2. ^ Daily Nation, November 18, 2007: Brilliant brewers clinch crown
  3. ^ Kenyafootball, Dec 18, 2007: Panpaper lose out to Western Stima in promo battle
  4. ^ Gleeson, Mark (2008-02-10). "Five countries excluded from African club competition". Reuters. Archived from the original on 13 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 

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