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Fresh FKF/KPL crisis as court overturns league expansion

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Former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Sam Nyamweya and his successor Nick Mwendwa address the ...
Former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Sam Nyamweya and his successor Nick Mwendwa address the media during the national elections held at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani in Nairobi, Kenya on February 10, 2016.

Court has ruled that the 2017 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) should have a maximum of 16 teams in a drastic measure that is likely to disrupt the flow of the top league that has now gone past its mid-way point.

The ruling made on Thursday overruled an initial directive from the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) that allowed an 18-team set-up following a protracted feud that had forced the top flight league’s kick off to be delayed by over a month.

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The court further termed the FIFA/CAF club licensing requirements as adopted by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) during its Annual General Meeting as ‘irregular’ and are therefore null and void.

Justice John Mativo said that the unilateral post season regulations/promotion and addition of clubs by FKF president Nick Mwendwa violated the KPL agreement and also the sporting principle of merit and therefore null and void.

The FKF boss has also been stopped from interfering with the KPL rights to manage and own the top division league during the period of their contract agreement.

Court ruled that Mwendwa’s predecessor, Sam Nyamweya, who filed the petition has proved his case to the required standard.

FKF is yet to give their response on the latest development.

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