FKF directs KPL to release 2017 league fixtures

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa (L) and Kenyan premier league C.E.O ...
9FILE)Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa (L) and Kenyan premier league C.E.O Jack Oguda address during a media briefing in Nairobi, Kenya on February16, 2016. Oguda confirmed Friday, March 4, 2016 the Gor vs Leopards derby is on. Photo/ Oliver Ananda/Sportpicha

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has directed the Kenyan Premier League to release the 2017 league fixtures after a Kisumu High Court annulled orders that had put the exercise on hold.

On Thursday, the Court ruled against a petition by Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka FC fans who wanted the league suspended until their petition seeking reinstatement to the topflight was determined.

Muhoroni and Sofapaka have been contesting their relegation to the second-tier National Super League (NSL) with the action taken by FKF after the two failed to meet the CAF club licensing requirements.

Amid reports the fans have filed an amended petition, FKF CEO Robert Muthomi – in a letter addressed to KPL Chief Jack Oguda and copied to all clubs – directed the league administration to release fixtures to allow the league to kick off.

“Following the vacating of orders by the High Court in Kisumu regarding petition No.2 that sought to stop the start of the Kenyan Premier League 2017 season and the decision of the JEC meeting held on 16th February 2017, please proceed to release the league fixtures as per the Sports Disputes Tribunal ruling in Cause No.1 of 2017.

“The release of fixtures will allow for the match appointments committee to sit and appoint referees to officiate the matches. By this letter all the clubs are advised of this development,” the letter read in part.

Sources privy to Citizen Digital indicate the three fans who led the initial petition – Emanuel Obiero Ochieng’, Sperus Gor Oketch and Sadat Abdalla Khamisi – are set to file the amended petition on Friday.

When quizzed, Muhoroni Youth Chairman Moses Adagala maintained he was unaware of the developments.

“I cannot comment on anything. As you are aware our case as a club is at the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) and the one at the High Court was by fans,” he said.

If the High Court ruling stands and a fresh challenge is not filed, the previous order by the SDT that directed a 16-team KPL to kick off minus Muhoroni and Sofapaka will apply.

The tribunal ruling also struck off NSL clubs Vihiga united and KCB who had earlier been promoted by FKF to fill slots left by Muhoroni and Sofapaka in a bid to achieve its dream 18-team top division.

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