Three teams have been relegated from the Kenyan Premier League for failure to comply with the new club licensing rules.
Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa announced on Monday afternoon that Thika United, Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka will ply their trade in the National Super League after failing to meet the stipulations under the new rules.
At the same time, Nakumatt and Zoo Kericho were the huge beneficiaries as they were promoted to the top-flight after meeting the requirements.
Only 12 KPL clubs acquired the license to operate in the league by the 16 December, 2016 deadline that was set for clubs to comply.
As a result, the 2017 season will feature only 15 teams who have partially complied, apart from Tusker and Ulinzi Stars, as they have fully met the requirements as per Caf rules. Kariobangi Sharks and Nzoia Sugar are the promoted sides and have acquired provisional certificates.
The affected clubs have a chance to appeal the decision to the FKF Independent Disciplinary Appeals Committee, though it is said that they will opt to go to court, which may halt the set date for start of new season.