JMJ Academy set to take over KPL side KCB


Published on 25/02/2009

By Gilbert Wandera

Another club take-over may be in the offing after JMJ Academy made a bid to buy Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB).

Though parties involved in the deal denied such a thing was on the offing, a reliable source said the Academy is keen on taking over the team either on partnership basis with the sponsors or completely buy it out.

“It is true JMJ have made a bid to buy the club and both parties are still in negotiations,” said our source.

However, KCB chairman Ali Agil, denied they had received any offer from the Academy.

“There is nothing like that. I am not aware of any offers. Even if there is I doubt whether it would be accepted,” said Ali.

Jean Marie, the owner of the Academy equally refuted but said they will soon make ‘a major announcement’ regarding their plans for local football.

“I cannot tell you what it is now,” he said.

Local players

The Academy has been in existence for the last three years and specialises mainly in helping local players get opportunities to play in Belgium.

In the past, they have been accused of taking under-age players to Europe to pursue football careers.

Elsewhere, KPL chairman Bob Munro has said they will stand by the suspended GMT Ottieno.

Munro said if it is true Fifa had indeed suspended Ottieno, then he will not be allowed to appoint referees anymore but the company would deploy him to another department.

“We will stick by the KPL policy of standing by our people,” he said.

Fifa announced Ottieno’s suspension on Monday alleging he has brought the game into disrepute.

Ottieno has been involved in wars with the Football Kenya Limited referees committee over his decision to ignore a declaration requiring the federation to pick match officials for KPL ties.

FKL vice-chairman Erastus Okul announced the indefinate suspension which he said had emanated from Ottieno’s constant acrimonious exchange with Fifa officials.

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