Football Kenya Federation has welcomed the Court of Appeal decision to reinstate Nakumatt and Zoo Kericho FC to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) today, October 3, 2017
The two clubs had temporarily been suspended from the top tier league following a High Court ruling made by Justice John Mativo on September 21, 2017, ordering that the League reverts to a 16 club competition
Today, a three-judge bench comprising of Justice Phillip Waki, Justice William Ouko and Justice Minoti Kathurima ordered that the two clubs be temporarily reinstated to the KPL awaiting a full ruling scheduled for November 3, 2017, at 9 am
“We couldn’t ask for a better ruling than this. It is not only for the players but also for the thousands of families whose livelihoods were threatened by the uncertainty of the High Court ruling, which also set us up for a possible FIFA ban,” said FKF president Nick Mwendwa
“We should not be playing football in court but on the pitch. However, the former president, without any locus standi decided to complain but the court has found that the players need to be allowed to play as we await the full determination of the case,” added the FKF president
Earlier, the FKF president had pointed out that it was unfortunate that individuals intent on derailing the development of the game had resorted to underhand tactics in clear violation of both the FIFA, CAF and FKF statutes.