KPL calendar to switch to August-May format

first_imgThere will be no usual June mid-season break with the final match of the league expected to be on October 6 while the 2018/2019 season will kick off in December, to run till September 2019.“This will carry on until the cycle completes itself to have the season starting in August and ending in may. For example, the 2019/2020 season begins in November, running until August, the following season will start in October until July and so on. This should fall in place by 2023,” Oguda explained to Capital Sport.“We were informed of this by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) last month and now we have to pay the price by sacrificing the June break. This is a CAF directive and they also said that the league winner must be announced by mid October so that’s why we end the season early,” Oguda further added.KPL CEO Jack OgudaHe also said; “We will have matches on weekends and midweek to cover this up. But we will only have the tough period this year.”Clubs will have to carry the weight of congested fixtures especially Gor Mahia who are playing in the CAF Confederations Cup group stages for the first time. The club will now seemingly get used to playing up to three matches per week in the midst of travels.Kenya has been running its league from February to November with a month-long break in June. Most coaches have had an issue with the calendar, pointing it out as one of the reasons Kenyan clubs struggle in CAF Competitions.They say that while Kenyan clubs begin their campaign just after pre-season, most other countries usually have their leagues going on and the players are usually fitter.In East Africa, Tanzania and Uganda already have their seasons following the European calendar and it has proved tough for Kenyan clubs to play pre-season friendly matches against their counterparts due to the difference.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia will be seeking to win a record 17th KPL title. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 30- The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) calendar is set to switch to the August-May format by 2023 under a directive from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), KPL Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda has said.Consequently, as the country’s top league begins its journey to mirror the European leagues format and one practiced by a huge section in Africa, teams will have to bear the brunt of the switch beginning this season.last_img read more

CSU leaders to get raises of up to 12%

first_imgLONG BEACH – Over the objections of some students and faculty, California State University trustees voted Wednesday to boost executives’ salaries as much as 12 percent in an effort to make them more competitive with other institutions. The board’s 14-2 vote raised the salary of CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed from $377,000 to $421,500, while Long Beach State President F. King Alexander will get a raise from $291,208 to $320,329. All the other campus chiefs got comparable increases except Mildred Garcia, president of CSU Dominguez Hills, who is new to the job. Trustees said the pay hikes were necessary to recruit and retain high-quality executives, who often can find greater salaries and retirement benefits elsewhere. “We have suffered because our salaries lag so far behind,” said Jeffrey Bleich, the board’s vice chairman. (562) 499-1308.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But California Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, who also serves as a trustee, said the raises were a “very serious mistake.” He argued that the hikes were excessive and inappropriate at a time when students have faced a recent string of fee increases. He also said he saw no evidence that salary levels were affecting recruiting and retention. “If any of the presidents are leaving, that’s news to me,” said Garamendi, who joined Trustee Ricardo Icaza in voting against the hikes. Students speaking at the meeting said the salary increases were unfair considering that they have seen fee increases and overcrowded classrooms. “We simply do not understand why our funding is lining the pockets of CSU executives instead of investing it in the classroom,” said 22-year-old Angela Stubbs, a senior at CSU San Marcos. The trustees had hired Mercer Human Resources Consulting, which reported in July that the average $259,435-a-year salary of a CSU president lags 46 percent behind the salaries of 20 other institutions surveyed. [email protected] last_img read more