Action between Gor and Leopards. Courtesy
The Sports Disputes Tribunal has temporarily overruled the decision to end Kenya Premier League.
The Football Kenya Federation, through President Nick Mwendwa, had earlier announced the annulment of the KPL due to the Covid19 pandemic.
In a decision that received mixed reviews, FKF awarded Gor Mahia the title and later revealed that the club will represent the country in next season’s CAF Champions League.
In addition, Sony Sugar and Chemili were relegated.
The Kenyan Premier League protested the decision and a section of other clubs, claiming that FKF has no mandate to interfere in the running of the league.
The tribunal, after KPL and Chemili filed their complaints, have decided to suspend the decision until a hearing and determination on the same is done.
The order, from the Tribunal on Tuesday, reads in part:
“Application for orders that the Sports Disputes Tribunal issue stay orders against 1st and 2nd respondents for making the unlawful and unprocedural decision of cancelling the Kenyan Premier League season 2019/2020 that was individually pronounced and declared by 1st respondent and communicated by 2nd respondent through their letters dated 30th April 2020 and 5th May 2020 without powers to do so, pending inter-parties hearing and determination of this petition…”
The Tribunal issued Stay Orders against FKF boss Nick Mwendwa and Secretary General Barry Otieno until the matter is heard and determined.
The case will be heard on May 26.
With nine games to go, KPL was ended with Gor Mahia on top with 54 points as Homeboys (47) and Tusker (46) in second and third place respectively.