MAJOR SETBACK

Wazito pull out of Kenyan Premier League

Their decision comes only hours after the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Transition Committee released next season's fixtures.

In Summary

•The club brought their plight to light in a post carried on their social media page.

Wazito• survived relegation from the top tier after beating Murang'a Seal in the playoff on Sunday.

Tusker's Clyde Senaji (L) fights for the ball with Elli Asieche of Wazito during their premier league clash at Kasarani.
Tusker's Clyde Senaji (L) fights for the ball with Elli Asieche of Wazito during their premier league clash at Kasarani.
Image: FILE

Struggling Kenyan Premier League club, Wazito, have pulled out of the country's top tier.

Their decision came hours after the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Transition Committee released Week One fixtures of the top-tier league.

The club brought their plight to light in a post carried on their social media page, citing the ongoing stalemate between the world football governing body, Fifa, and the government.

“We can confirm we will not be taking part in next season's Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League until the confusion surrounding football in the country is resolved,” the statement read.

“The push and pull in the game has made it difficult for investors to pump money into the game and it is our hope that the issue is resolved as soon as possible.

“The club will not make any further comments on the subject,” the statement concluded.

Wazito beat the National Super League side, Murang'a Seal in the two-legged promotion and relegation playoffs to cement their status in the top tier.

They won 2-1 at Thika Stadium in the first leg on Thursday before crushing 3-1at St. Sebastian Park in Murang'a county on Sunday.

Wazito eventually rode to the new season on the strength of two away goals after the sides settled for a four-all score on aggregate.

The Fred Ambani-tutored side wrapped up third from bottom in the KPL while Seal finished third in the NSL to seal slots in the playoffs.

In 2019, Wazito boss Ricardo Badoer threatened to withdraw his team from the KPL.

In a Tweet, Badoer said the problems bedeviling the Kenyan league soiled the good name of the country and something urgent needs to be done.

The side was formed in 2011 by a group of students and alumni of the University of Nairobi.

After a series of friendly matches, the students and the alumni decided they could form one strong team to compete in the league.

In 2012, the club debuted in the Nairobi County football league and managed to clinch the title effectively earning promotion to the Provincial league.

In the following season, they beat Kangemi United on penalties to emerge winners of the Nairobi Provincial League.

Wazito thereafter won the Division One league in the next season to secure a slot in the National Super League. In their first attempt, they wrapped up the NSL season 11th on the log with 51 points.

In 2018, they earned a promotion to KPL for the first time in history after finishing second in the National Super League. Their stay in the topflight league was short-lived after they got relegated at the end of the season.

Wazito earned a promotion back to the top league after winning the National Super League title in the following season. 

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