Sports / Updates
Saturday, 18 Mar 2017 13:39 EAT
Football Kenya Federation will abide by the Sports Dispute Tribunal's decision to nullify the relegation two Kenya Premier League teams to the National Super League, federation president Nick Mwendwa said this morning. Mr Mwendwa, back in the country from Addis Ababa where attended the Confederation of African Football (CAF) election congress, said the federation respects the tribunal's decision to nullify the relegation of Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth FC. to the NSL.
The federation had relegated the two for failing to meet the CAF Club Licensing terms and conditions. Among other requirements is that a club must provide evidence of ability to sustain the team throughout the Kenyan Premier League season. Clubs must be financial sound and show ability to pay the players their salaries and allowances, honour their fixtures, among other requirements.
Mr Mwendwa said relegation dispute is now a past matter and the Federation is now focusing on the development of football, preparations for international matters, and other equally important football matters. "I welcome Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth FC to the Kenyan Premier League, our intention was not to punish any club'', he said.
The ruling means Sofapaka and Muhoroni will participate in the 2017 Kenyan Premier League which has ben expanded to 18 from 16. The Tribunal ruled that the relegation of the two teams to the lower division was not anchored in the CAF/FIFA statutes. It also noted that the punishment was too harsh as the national federation had other options when it comes to teams that fail to meet the licensing conditions.
The tribunal also said the Federation failed to provide evidence that hat it had given the clubs ample time to put their finances in order and meet the requirements. FKF, however, admitted that there may have been a shortcoming on their part on documentation, pointing out that, come 2018, the licensing requirements must be met by all teams participating in the Kenyan Premier League.