Two more National Super League sides have been promoted to the Kenyan Premier League.
KCB and Vihiga United will feature in the top flight after appeals by Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka to be reinstated to the league failed.
The two had been relegated for failure to comply club licensing requirements.
Thika United, who had also been relegated, got a reprieve as they have been handed a provisional license after meeting the finance criteria which had previously knocked them out.
Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa said on Thursday that the appeal by the two KPL clubs had been mainly due to their failure to pay outstanding dues to former and current players.
“The committee sat and looked at the information provided. After remarking and looking at payment details the committee has established they have not been able to clear all arrears as per the direction despite providing documents that showed they have paid up. We have a list of all the players who are owed and we have verified this information,” Mwendwa.
Sofapaka has however vowed to fight the decision before the league kicks off.
The promotion of KCB and Vihiga brings the number of clubs promoted from the NSL to KPL to six. The two will join Nzoia United, Kariobangi Sharks, Nakumatt FC and Zoo Kericho.