The Western Regional Unified Football League season will start on March 27th,2021 with 14 clubs to battle it out for top honours.
The resolution to have a unified league was reached on Saturday during clubs’ meeting in Mumias and which was chaired by National Executive Committee Member Western Bishop Tony Kweya.
There were mixed reactions whether to adapt a unified format or zonal. By a show of hands seven clubs said they prefer a unified league with five preferring zonal format.
Bishop Kweya said the league may take zonal format next season if more teams will join, noting that a maximum of 40 teams can be registered.
” At the end of the season in July, three teams will be promoted to Division Two with no team to be demoted since slots are still there,” he said, noting that Kakamega County has entered 5 teams, Bungoma 4, Vihiga 3 and Busia 2.
Teams to feature in the regional league include Naitiri United, Maturu Taifa Stars, Inemilabi, Kanzu, Matili City FC, Eshimambo, Sigalagala, Mbabo, Kafuco, Mbururu, Busia United, 11jaws and Marenga
The NEC member said players’ registration that started on March 3rd will conclude on March 16th, paving way for printing of players’ cards ahead of the league kick off.
He said it’s the duty of the home team to provide security (at least two policemen), secure technical area and to observe Covid-19 protocol by ensuring the technical bench wear face masks, have thermogun, hand washing facilities, standby vehicle and first aid kit.
He said it’s also the duty of the home team to mark the field of play and provide corner flags and nets, noting that children below 16 years of age will not be allowed to be ball boys.
Bishop Kweya said official complain must be done on the clubs’ letter head, it’s scanned and emailed to email@example.com.
He cautioned against honouring matches, noting that three walk overs will lead to relegation, lack of security and standby vehicle will lead to docking of points.
The clubs agreed for the formation of a three-member appeals committee with an appeal fee of Sh20,000.
FKF Vihiga Branch Secretary Michael Senelwa took the club officials through registration process in the meeting also attended by FKF Busia Branch Secretary General, Reuben Olita and his Bungoma counterpart Caleb Amwayi.