The validity of operating licenses of all 18 teams in the SportPesa Premier League have been extended to December 31, 2018 by Football Kenya Federation, the game’s governing body in the country.

The SPL clubs will however be required to apply for a fresh Club License in 2019. The deadline for submitting the requisite documents is 5pm on June 30, 2018.

“We wish to inform you that the Club Licensing Committee extended to 31st December 2018 all the current licenses issued to clubs during the last exercise and the clubs will be eligible to apply for licenses to participate in the football leagues and competitions played under the auspices of FKF for the 2019 season,” FKF Chief executive Officer Robert Muthomi stated in a letter to the clubs.

He further said: “For the 2019 club licensing process, clubs will be provided with reasonable timescales at the discretion of the Club Licensing Committee to comply with the FKF 2019 licensing regulations that is from 1st March 2018 to 30th June 2018 this is in line with the CAF club competitions, deadline of 31st October 2018 which shall remain applicable for entry into all CAF competitions.

“The Committee will share with clubs the amended FKF Club Licensing manual for the 2019 season by or on 1st October 2017,” .

Club licensing in Kenyan football took effect at the beginning of this season and was adhered to by the clubs after ironing out several teething problems.