2014 in Kenyan football

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Football in Kenya
Season 2014
Men's football
Premier League Gor Mahia
National Super League Posta Rangers
(Zone A)
Shabana (Zone B)
President's Cup Sofapaka
Top 8 Cup Tusker
Super Cup Cancelled
2013 Kenya 2015

The following article is a summary of the 2014 football season in Kenya, which is the 51st competitive season in its history.

The announcement of the men's under-17 national team's failure to participate in their 2015 African U-17 Championship qualification match against South Sudan was met very negatively by Kenyan football fans, and questioned the administration of current Football Kenya Federation president Sam Nyamweya.[1]

Domestic leagues[edit]

Changes in the football league system[edit]

On 10 July 2013, it was announced that the Football Kenya Federation introduced a new league system to take effect from the beginning of the season.[2] This involved the introduction and scrapping of a few leagues, and the re-organisation of the system. For the 2015 season, the Kenyan Premier League will be contested by 18 teams.[3]

Level League/Division(s)
1
Premier League
Premier League
16 clubs
2
Super League
Zone A
12 clubs
Zone B
12 clubs
3
Division One
Zone A
20 clubs
Zone B
20 clubs
4
Provincial Leagues
Nyanza League
20 clubs
Western League
20 clubs
Rift Valley League
20 clubs
Central League
20 clubs
Nairobi League
20 clubs
Eastern League
20 clubs
North Eastern League
20 clubs
Coast League
20 clubs
5
County
Champions League
Baringo League Bomet League Bungoma League Busia League Embu League Garissa League Isiolo League Kiambu League
Elgeyo-Marakwet League Homa Bay League Kajiado League Kakamega League Kilifi League Kirinyaga League Kitui League Kwale League
Kericho League Kisii League Kisumu League Laikipia League Lamu League Machakos League Makueni League Mandera League
Migori League Nakuru League Nandi League Narok League Marsabit League Meru League Mombasa League Murang'a League
Nyamira League Samburu League Siaya League Trans-Nzoia League Nairobi A. League Nairobi B. League Nyandarua League Nyeri League
Turkana League Uasin Gishu League Vihiga League West Pokot League Taita-Taveta League Tana River League Tharaka-Nithi League Wajir League
6
Sub-County Leagues
Sub-County Leagues

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Premier League[edit]

The 2014 Kenyan Premier League season began on 15 February and ended on 8 November.

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Gor Mahia (C) 30 17 9 4 43 21 +22 60 Qualification for 2015 CAF Champions League
2 Sofapaka 30 16 9 5 49 27 +22 57 Qualification for 2015 CAF Confederation Cup 1
3 Tusker 30 14 11 5 42 25 +17 53
4 Ulinzi Stars 30 12 15 3 33 20 +13 51
5 Chemelil Sugar 30 12 12 6 24 16 +8 48
6 SoNy Sugar 30 9 14 7 27 21 +6 0412
7 A.F.C. Leopards 30 10 11 9 30 25 +5 0412
8 Muhoroni Youth 30 10 10 10 23 28 −5 40
9 Thika United 30 9 12 9 31 31 0 39
10 Mathare United 30 10 8 12 19 25 −6 38
11 Western Stima 30 9 9 12 26 33 −7 36
12 Ushuru 30 10 3 17 22 40 −18 33
13 Bandari 30 5 15 10 23 29 −6 30
14 Kenya Commercial Bank 30 7 8 15 30 39 −9 29
15 Nairobi City Stars (R) 30 4 12 14 18 35 −17 24 Relegation to 2015 National Super League
16 Nakuru AllStars (R) 30 3 8 19 13 38 −25 17

Updated to games played on 8 November 2014.
Source: Kenyan Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Sofapaka qualified for the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup as winners of the 2014 FKF President's Cup.
2Sony Sugar were awarded 3 points and 2 goals after AFC Leopards failed to turn up for their match scheduled for 10 December.
(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.

National Super League[edit]

The 2014 Kenyan National Super League season began on 15 March and concluded on 2 November.

Zone A[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Posta Rangers (C) (P) 22 17 3 2 40 13 +27 54 Promotion to 2015 Kenyan Premier League
2 Nakumatt (P) 22 13 5 4 26 10 +16 44
3 FC Talanta 22 11 6 5 30 19 +11 39
4 Oserian 22 8 7 7 24 20 +4 31
5 Nairobi Stima 22 8 7 7 20 18 +2 31
6 Ligi Ndogo 22 6 10 6 21 21 0 28
7 Bidco United 22 6 9 7 17 18 −1 27
8 Kariobangi Sharks 22 5 9 8 19 25 −6 24
9 MOYAS 22 6 5 11 17 22 −5 23
10 Modern Coast Rangers 22 4 9 9 11 19 −8 21
11 Administration Police (R) 22 4 7 11 11 27 −16 19 Relegation to 2015 FKF Division One
12 Mahakama (R) 22 3 5 14 15 39 −24 14

Updated to games played on 2 November 2014.
Source: Kenyan National Super League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1The winners of the 2014 FKF President's Cup will qualify for the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup.
(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.

Zone B[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Agrochemical 16 11 3 2 21 7 +14 36 Promotion to 2015 Kenyan Premier League
2 Kakamega Homeboyz 14 10 2 2 23 9 +14 32
3 Zoo Kericho 14 10 1 3 28 14 +14 31
4 Shabana 15 9 1 5 23 11 +12 28
5 West Kenya Sugar 16 8 4 4 19 12 +7 28
6 St. Joseph 14 6 6 2 13 9 +4 24
7 Finlays Horticulture 14 6 2 6 13 11 +2 20
8 Nzoia United 15 5 5 5 16 16 0 20
9 Busia United Stars 15 5 2 8 11 20 −9 17
10 G.F.C. 105 15 1 3 11 7 21 −14 6
11 Vegpro 14 0 3 11 7 26 −19 3 Relegation to 2015 FKF Division One
12 Rift Valley United 14 1 0 13 5 30 −25 3

Updated to games played on 6 September 2014.
Source: Kenyan National Super League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1The winners of the 2014 FKF President's Cup will qualify for the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup.
(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.

Domestic cups[edit]

President's Cup[edit]

The 2014 FKF President's Cup began on 26 April and ended on 15 November.

Third round Fourth round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                             
A.F.C. Leopards 3
Mathare United 2
A.F.C. Leopards 2
Ligi Ndogo 0
Ligi Ndogo 3
Zoo Kericho 0
A.F.C. Leopards 3
Tusker 2
Mumbi Nationale 0
Ulinzi Stars 6
Ulinzi Stars 1 (3)
Tusker 1 (5)
Nakumatt 2
Tusker 6
A.F.C. Leopards 0
Sofapaka 2
Top Fry AllStars 0
Intercity 2
Intercity 0 (5)
Administration Police 0 (6)
FC Talanta 1
Administration Police 2
Administration Police 1
Sofapaka 3
Nyakach United 1
Muhoroni Youth 3
Muhoroni Youth 1
Sofapaka 2
Sofapaka 6
Rift Valley United 0
Sofapaka 2
Posta Rangers 1
Gor Mahia 1 (2)
G.F.C. 105 1 (4)
G.F.C. 105 0
Bandari 2
Bandari (w/o) 2
Finlays Horticulture 0
Bandari 0
Posta Rangers 1
Posta Rangers 4
Ulinzi Warriors 0
Posta Rangers 2
Chemelil Sugar 0
Chemelil Sugar 1
MOYAS 0
Posta Rangers 0 (10)
West Kenya Sugar 0 (9)0
Kakamega Homeboyz 1 (0)
Shabana 1 (3)
Shabana 1
Agrochemical 3
Agrochemical 1
Nairobi Stima 0
Agrochemical 0
West Kenya Sugar 1
Nairobi City Stars 1
Wazito 2
Wazito 1 (4)
West Kenya Sugar 1 (5)
West Kenya Sugar 2
Imara United 0

Super Cup[edit]

The 2014 Kenyan Super Cup match to be contested by 2013 Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia and the 2013 FKF President's Cup champions A.F.C. Leopards was cancelled by the Football Kenya Federation due to a lack of sponsors.[4][5]

Top 8 Cup[edit]

The 2014 KPL Top 8 Cup began on 5 April and concluded on 15 June.

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                               
Sofapaka 1 (4)  
Tusker 1 (5)  
  Tusker 1 1 2  
  Gor Mahia 0 1 1  
Gor Mahia 2
Thika United 1  
  Tusker 2  
  A.F.C. Leopards 1  
A.F.C. Leopards 1  
Bandari 0  
  A.F.C. Leopards 1 3 4
  K.C.B. 1 0 1  
K.C.B. 2
Ulinzi Stars 1  

International club competitions[edit]

Champions League[edit]

The 2014 CAF Champions League began on 7 February and is scheduled to end on 2 November. Gor Mahia represented Kenya in the competition, having won the 2013 Kenyan Premier League.

Preliminary round[edit]

In the preliminary round, Gor Mahia faced 2012–13 Gabon Championnat National D1 champions US Bitam over two legs, played on 8 and 16 February.

1–1 on aggregate. Gor Mahia won the penalty shoot-out and advanced to the first round.

First round[edit]

In the first round, Gor Mahia faced 2012–13 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 runners-up and 2011 CAF Champions League winners Espérance de Tunis over two legs, played on 1 and 10 March. They were eliminated from the competition, having lost 8–2 on aggregate.

Confederation Cup[edit]

The 2014 CAF Confederation Cup began on 7 February and is scheduled to end on 7 December. A.F.C. Leopards represented Kenya in the competition, having won the 2013 FKF President's Cup.

Preliminary round[edit]

In the preliminary round, A.F.C. Leopards faced 2013 Ethiopian Cup champions Defence over two legs, played on 9 and 16 February.

First round[edit]

In the first round, A.F.C. Leopards faced 2012–13 Nedbank Cup runners-up SuperSport United over two legs, played on 1 and 9 March. They were eliminated from the competition, having lost 4–2 on aggregate.

Kagame Interclub Cup[edit]

The 2014 Kagame Interclub Cup began on 8 August and ended on 24 August. Gor Mahia represented Kenya in the competition.

Group stage[edit]

In the group stage, Gor Mahia were drawn in Group B alongside Ugandan club Kampala Capital City Authority, Rwandan giants A.P.R., Burundian side Atlético Olympic and Djibouti Télécom of Djibouti. They were eliminated from the competition, having garnered only 2 points from a possible 12 from 4 matches, and finished bottom of their group.

National teams[edit]

Men's senior[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations qualification[edit]

The men's senior national team participated in qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

First round[edit]

In the first round, Kenya faced Comoros over two legs, played on 17 and 31 May.

Second round[edit]

In the second round, Kenya faced Lesotho over two legs, played on 20 July and 3 August. Lesotho won 1–0 on aggregate and advanced to Group C in the group stage.

Friendlies[edit]

The following is a list of friendlies played by the men's senior national team in 2014.

Women's senior[edit]

African Women's Championship qualification[edit]

The women's senior national team participated in qualification for the 2014 African Women's Championship.

First round[edit]

In the first round, Kenya faced Rwanda over two legs, played on 16 February and 1 March. They were eliminated on away goals rule, after drawing 2–2 on aggregate.

2–2 on aggregate. Rwanda win on away goals.

Men's under-20[edit]

African U-20 Championship qualification[edit]

The men's national under-20 team participated in qualification for the 2015 African U-20 Championship.

First round[edit]

In the first round, Kenya faced Tanzania over two legs, played on 6 and 27 April. They were eliminated, having lost the deciding penalty shoot-out after the match ended 0–0 on aggregate.

0–0 on aggregate. Tanzania win the penalty shoot-out and advance to the second round.

Friendlies[edit]

The following is a list of friendlies (to be) played by the men's national under-20 team in 2014.

Boys' under-17[edit]

African U-17 Championship qualification[edit]

The boys' national under-17 team was to participate in qualification for the 2015 African U-17 Championship, but the Football Kenya Federation withdrew the team from the competition, citing a "lack of funds" to send the team off to compete. The announcement was met very negatively by Kenyan football fans, who questioned the administration of current FKF president Sam Nyamweya. Among the concerned parties was former FC Talanta executive director Jérôme J. Dufourg, who claimed he was jailed and then deported from Kenya after speaking out against mismanagement of funds by the FKF in 2013.[1] This followed earlier pushes for Nyamweya's removal from several others as early as 2012,[6][7] and anti-corruption investigations carried out against him and other FKF officials in 2013.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eliud Khaminwa (11 June 2014). "Blog: U-17 debacle is sad but not surprising". Futaa.com. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Amos Abuga (10 July 2013). "New FKF soccer Structure to be implemented next year". MichezoAfrika.com. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Kevin Teya (25 November 2014). "FKF: Decision on 18 - Team KPL is final and irreversible". Futaa.com. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Dan Ngulu (5 December 2013). "Gor – Tusker modalities finalized". Futaa.com. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Dan Ngulu (14 January 2014). "No Gor/AFC Super Cup faceoff". Futaa.com. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Safaricom takes a principled stand against Nyamweya's greed". KenyaPage.net. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Sam Nyamweya is a major hindrance to Kenya Football". KenyaPage.net. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Nyamweya denies FKF corruption accusation". The Star. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Nyamweya fights off CORRUPTION allegations at FKF… Ksh 35m SCANDAL". Kenyan-Post.com. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014.