Photo by photographer Tine Harden.

As part of our phase 1 restructuring stage, we’re pleased to announce the appointment of Jerome Champagne as Director of Kenya Premier League. As Director for Strategic Planning, Jerome’s role will see him bring his experience and support to KPL and Member Clubs. This will include various dimensions, among others, vision, relations with FKF, other football entities, governmental authorities, league management, youth development, relations with fans and commercial partners whenever needed.


Jerome Champagne is a dual citizen from France and Switzerland, and has developed a long career in the French diplomatic service (tours in Oman, Cuba, Los Angeles and Brazil) and of course football:

– 1997-1998; Diplomatic Adviser and Chief of Protocol of the local organizing committee of the FIFA World Cup France 98

– 1999-2010 in FIFA as Adviser to the FIFA President, Deputy Secretary General, Director for International Relations

– 2010-2019; consultant for football to clubs, leagues, FAs and governments

– 2019-2022; executive in French pro club Clermont Foot 63, promoted in 2021 for the time in the club’s history, from tier-2 to Ligue 1, and representative of the club in French league meetings and panels

Strategic Planning Director, Jerome Champagne statement

“Being the 7th economic powerhouse in Africa (2022) with such an inventive, educated, hard-working population, and so many brilliant athletes in other sports, Kenya should be shining on the African and world football stages. It has been my deep-rooted belief as soon as I first visited the country on behalf of FIFA more than fifteen years ago. Today is new era, a new environment and I support Taiwo’s Strategic plan for KPL which will spearhead the indispensable and so expected rebirth of football in Kenya.” said Jerome Champagne, Director of Kenya Premier League.

Commercial Director, Taiwo Atieno statement

“Jerome’s appointment needs no introduction. We have made this appointment because He has been involved in World football at the highest level and knowns Kenyan football very well. I have spent many hours and days speaking to Jerome about professional football in Kenya and he fully endorses the objectives we have set out in the strategic plan. The good thing about Jerome is he already understands the challenges effecting the Professional Game, he has the experience of working with all stakeholders and like me believes in the potential of the Professional Game here in Kenya. Football is about the Youth and we are committed to working with everyone to bring all corners of the Country together around the game.” said Taiwo Atieno, Commercial Director of Kenya Premier League.

Please find attached press statement and link to Jerome’s online profile;