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The following article is a summary of the 2015 football season in Kenya, which is the 52nd competitive season in its history.

The beginning of the season was hampered by the failure of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) to reach an agreement over the running of the top division in Kenyan football. Following a proposal from the FKF to expand the league to 18 teams, it formed a parallel FKF Premier League after talks with the KPL fell through over the running and composition of the Kenyan top flight for the 2015 season. Existing KPL clubs refused to take part in the FKF Premier League and instead pledged to remain in the KPL.

Towards the end of the 2014 season, the FKF proposed that the Premier League should be expanded to 18 teams from 16 for the upcoming season, though KPL management insisted that the 2015 season would continue with 16 teams.[1] This followed previous concern shown by the KPL Executive Committee over the way FKF had interfered with decisions made regarding Premier League teams over the last 2 years.[2] Reasons given by the KPL for the opposition of the expansion of the league included the national team needing more time for friendlies and competitive matches to increase the nation's FIFA World Ranking, as well as an increased risk of injury to Premier League players – especially since only very few clubs have medical insurance to cover costs of the rehabilitation of players – further undermining the performance of the national team.[3] However, in a statement released on 25 November 2014, the FKF insisted that the decision to expand the league was "final and irreversible".[4]

On 4 December 2014, Hassan Wario, the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and the Arts, voiced his support for the retention of a 16-team Premier League, quoted saying: "The KPL is here to stay. FKF should put its house in order."[5] In response, the FKF criticised the Cabinet Secretary in a statement released the next day for showing "open biasness yet he is supposed to be neutral and play the role of an arbitrator whenever any dispute is brought to his office."[6] On 14 December, Governor of Nairobi Evans Kidero stated that the FKF's decision to expand the league "should be supported by everyone", stating that the target should be to have all 47 counties represented in the top tier to "boost competitiveness".[7]

On 19 December 2014, the KPL suspended FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya from participating in its Governing Council meetings until the governing body "respects and implements Article 32 of the FKF Constitution", adding that the body has "shown no respect to judicial bodies mandated to make major decisions on disputes."[8] The same day, however, a meeting held by representatives from both sides led to the formation of a task force to deliberate on the composition of the league for the upcoming season and present a report to the FKF/KPL Joint Executive Committee on 21 January 2015.[9] Still on the same day, a statement signed by Nyamweya and KPL chairman Ambrose Rachier revealed the formation of a six-man committee with three representatives from each side to hold talks with three FIFA delegates to come up with resolutions on the crisis.[10]

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