Manhunt or rogue boss? Adagala, FKF row rages on


Muhoroni Youth FC chairman Moses Adagala follow action against Thika United FC during their KPL ...
Muhoroni Youth FC chairman Moses Adagala follow action against Thika United FC during their KPL Under 20 Championships at Camp Toyoyo Stadium in Nairobi Kenya on April 19, 2016. Muhoroni Youth FC won 2-1. Photo/Oliver Ananda/www.sportpicha.com

Moses Adagala suggested he is the target of a Football Kenya Federation (FKF) manhunt as the Muhoroni Youth Chairman, for the umpteenth time, found himself on the polar opposite end of a feud with the national governing body.

The brusque club boss was on Tuesday given seven days by the FKF to withdraw a High Court case he filed challenging sanctions imposed on him by the Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC).

According to FKF, Adagala turned to the Kisumu High Court requesting a judicial review of IDCC’s decision to slap him with a six-month ban as well as fining him the equivalent of KSh200,000.

The fines were on charges of failing to ensure proper and fair fan behavior as well as encouraging violent and threatening conduct in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match between Muhoroni and Ulinzi Stars on May 13.

Further, he was warned that repeated infraction and such misconduct if proven would warrant the stern measure of suspension from the league.

But Adagala maintains he never went to court. Instead, the club’s loyal supporters – accused of persistent fan trouble by the federation – did.

“It was not Adagala who went to court. It is the fans of Muhoroni who went to the High Court and as the chair they included my name.

“I have already approached our legal team for advice on the same but I have to say Muhoroni is a youthful team and I don’t know why people are fighting us on all fronts. This team has achieved a lot in Kenyan football,” Adagala told Citizen Digital.

In Tuesday’s letter, the FKF reminded Adagala he is prohibited, under the jurisdiction of FIFA, CAF or the national federation, from taking football matters to ordinary courts.

“We would also like to bring to your attention Article 13 of the FKF Constitution paragraphs 1 (a) and (f) and paragraph 2 of the same article.

“Further Article 68 paragraphs 2 and 3 of the FIFA Statutes expressly forbid the taking of disputes in the assoxciation or disputes affecting leagues, members of leagues, members of clubs, players, officials and other association officials to ordinary courts of law.

“Please note that recourse to ordinary courts constitutes to ordinary courts constitutes a serious violation of the FIFA and FKF statutes,” an excerpt from the letter read.

The development opens a fresh tussle just two months after Adagala and FKF clashed again when the Muhoroni Stadium was banned from hosting top flight matches in June.

An even fiercer standoff earlier this year saw FKF strike Muhoroni off the KPL for failing to meet CAF club licensing requirements before the move was overturned by the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT).

-Report by Gilbert Kiprotich.

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