|Kenyan Premier League|
|Number of teams||16|
|Relegation to||Kenyan Nationwide League|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Domestic cup(s)|| FKL Cup |
Kenyan Super Cup
|CAF cup(s)|| Champions League |
|Current champions||Ulinzi Stars (2011)|
The Kenyan Premier League is the top division of the Kenya Football Federation, it was created in 1963.
The Kenya Premier League was mostly stable until the late 1990s and since then its performance has not been even average. Until today many of the league clubs have little or no finances to support themselves.However since the coming in of cable TV Channel MultiChoice through its DSTV brand as the official league partner,the league has taken on a more serious role with teams becoming professional and the majority of the clubs managing to get shirt sponsorships.This has seen the level of competition improve compared to the past and the golden years of the league are not far off. The most successful clubs in the league are Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards who have both won the league title 12 times.
The league has its division two known as the Nationwide League (NWL) (also known as National Super League) and below it there are provincial and district tiers.
Following constant wrangles between the then football governing administration and the eventual deteriorating of the National football league, participating clubs opted out of the national football league and decided to form a company that would see the smooth running of the league in a professional and transparent manner.In 2003 KPL was created and registered as a limited liability company whose ownership was shared amongst all the sixteen participating top tier clubs and and was to be affiliated to KFF.
The Kenyan Premier League Ltd (KPL) is operated and run as private company incorporated in October 2003 under the Companies Act of Kenya. The KPL is fully owned and managed by the sixteen Premier League clubs with each club being a shareholder. The KPL is affiliated to the Football Kenya Limited (FKL), which is also a KPL shareholder and voting member of the KPL Board of Directors. Non-voting members include the Kenya Football Coaches Association (KEFOCA) and Kenya Football Referees Association (KEFORA).KPL is currently run by Jack Oguda as the company CEO and Frank Okoth who is in charge of logistics
The improved level of competition and eventual attention given to the league by the fans has seen major companies in Kenya lining up to partner with these clubs. At the moment the league does not have a title sponsorship but it has a broadcast sponsorship deal with DSTV with Umbro being the official referee kit supplier and Mitre Sports International being the official balls provider. Individual clubs have signed deals with various companies
|Benjamin Nyangweso||Ulinzi Stars||2010 01 06|
|Zedekiah Otieno||Gor Mahia||2009 10 01|
|Sammy Omolo||Tusker FC||2010 03 15|
|Francis Kimanzi||Sofapaka||2010 11 15|
|Francis Baraza||SoNy Sugar||2008 08 05|
|Salim Ali||Mathare United||2010 03 26|
|Henry Omino||Western Stima||2010 02 05|
|James Nandwa||Karuturi Sports||2010 02 05|
|Mike Muruli||Chemelil Sugar F.C||2010 06 15|
|John Kamau||Thika United||2011 07 18|
|Ken Odhiambo||Nairobi City Stars||2009 12 19|
|Jan Koop||AFC Leopards||2011 07 20|
|None N/A||Posta Rangers||2010 07 16|
|Leonard Swaleh||Kenya Commercial Bank||2010 11 09|
|Rishadi Shedu||Bandari||2011 04 13|
|Abdallah Juma||Congo United||2011 04 08|
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