• Thursday, 01 December 2022
SDT overturns FKF's decision to halt team promotion and relegation.

SDT overturns FKF's decision to halt team promotion and relegation.

The Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT) on Wednesday issued a stay order on the Football Kenya Federation National Executive's decision to nullify promotion and relegation of teams in the 2021/22 season.

After topping their respective divisions, Administration Police Service (APS) Bomet and Kona Rangers filed a case with the SDT to protest the decision to deny them promotion to the FKF-PL and National Super League, respectively.

The pair want the SDT to direct the federation to include them in the FKF-PL fixtures, which begin this weekend.

NEC last Friday annulled the 201/22 season, postponing promotion and relegation in the FKF-PL, WPL, NSL, and FKF Division One Leagues in a letter signed by FKF Secretary-General Barry Otieno.

"That an interim order of injunction be and hereby issued staying the decision of the Football Kenya Federation National Executive Committee on promotion and relegation, pending the hearing and determination of this application," said the order, which was signed by SDT Chairman John Ohaga.

He directed that the 15 respondents be served by APS Bomet and Kona Rangers by Friday, November 18, and that the case be mentioned for directions on Tuesday, November 22.

Dimba Patriots, Mayenje Santos, and Kibera Soccer Women, as well as Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba, have been named as interested parties in the case.

Ohaga told Nation Sport that he needs to hear from the NEC before making a decision on whether last season was null and void.

"We need to hear from the other side before making any decisions on the overall issue." That is why we are taking things slowly and starting with the issue of promotion and relegation," Ohaga explained.