Tribunal seeking relevance through FKF, says Mghendi


Tribunal seeking relevance through FKF, says Mghendi

In Summary

  • The Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) is playing politics to gain relevance through football rulings, Coast football supremo Gabriel Mghendi has said.
  • Mghendi says the tribunal was using a negative judgment against Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to gain visibility, in the Tuesday's ruling that declared the term of the National Executive Committee (NEC) over and cancelled the federation's repeat elections.
  • Mghendi wondered how most of the prayers by the federation to the tribunal were granted, with one final verdict erasing all the gains made in the rulings.

The Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) is playing politics to gain relevance through football rulings, Coast football supremo Gabriel Mghendi has said.

Mghendi says the tribunal was using a negative judgment against Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to gain visibility, in the Tuesday’s ruling that declared the term of the National Executive Committee (NEC) over and cancelled the federation’s repeat elections.

Mghendi wondered how most of the prayers by the federation to the tribunal were granted, with one final verdict erasing all the gains made in the rulings.

The FKF South Coast branch chairman thus says the rulings were contradictory.

“How can the tribunal rule that the process was unlawful and at the same time say that the elections met the threshold?”

Mghendi cited the case where the tribunal gave thumbs up to the Electoral Code and Electoral Board’s formation which were key pillars of the process, yet ended up declaring the process as flawed.

Further, he observed the eligibility rules were in the document that underwent public participation, a process the tribunal endorsed met the threshold.

“The eligibility rules were edorsed by stakeholders in the process the tribunal said was done accordingly. Why then fault what is contained in the document?”

Mghendi who was the FKF NEC Coast representative-elect before the election was repeat election was quashed faulted former football Chief Sam Nyamweya for being for lack of sincerity in the whole matter.

“That Nyamweya did not even offer his candidature means his intention was just to delay the process and cause more conundrum in the management of the sport. Ohaga sshould therefore not play the ball and cause football chaos in the country but give sober and objective decisions that will mean well to the beautiful game,” he quipped.

Important to note, Nyamweya and others, failed to submit their nomination papers before the deadline that was set by the Electoral Board claiming the ground was not level for fair competition.

Mghendi has now wants the world football governing body FIFA, to intervene and give the federation a fair hearing and decision to save the name of the beautiful game from disrepute.

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