Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has been ordered to reinstate Shabana FC to the second tier National Super League (NSL).
Shabana, who finished 10th in the rebranded FKF Premier League last season, were shunted to a lower league by the new administration after they forfeited two league matches due to financial constrains that hit the club towards the end of the season.
In their decision, FKF revoked a provision of their constitution which provides for a team to be relegated if they cannot meet their financial obligation.
But the Tribunal ruled that financial ability alone should not be used as a condition to determine relegation.
“It is the Tribunal view that it is a double speak to relegate the team on financial grounds and yet allow it to play at Division one matches,” said the Tribunal chairman, John Ohaga in his ruling.
Ohaga further stated that FKF had condemned Shabana “unheard” in their decision to relegate the Gusii-based club.
“The respondent shall immediately reinstate the petitioner in the 2016 NSL league and shall provide it with such particulars that will be necessary to enable its compliance to participate in the said league,” read part of the ruling.
“The tribunal finds that the petitioner was condemned unheard and was not granted an opportunity to present its case for a for hearing or to respond to the accusations leveled against it.”
Of interest though will be whether one team will be relegated or if FKF will accommodate the extra party for the rest of the season.
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