Zoo Kericho Chairman Ken Ochieng says the club will respect the High Court Ruling issued on Thursday, directing the league governing body to revert to a 16-team league.
Ochieng who’s Zoo are 14th on the current log were to face Nzoia Sugar but now have been forced to change plans following the order.
‘We had prepared for this encounter but we cannot overrule what has been decided.’
‘We will continue training as a team but to be honest we are gutted at the decision that has come when we’re just 9 games away from the close of the season,’
Ochieng who has single handedly helped the side stay afloat has faulted former FKF President and the Kenyan Premier League limited for conspiring to have them kicked out of the league.
‘What pains me is how the matter was handled. He (Nyamweya) had nothing to do with the inclusion of the two extra teams in the league. The KPL on the other hand sided with him. Why couldn’t they consider other options,’ he quipped.
‘At the moment we are not sure if league matches will go on after this weekend. This matter is very delicate and we hope that we shall have an amicable solution to this before things run thick,’ he told fourfourtwomedia.
The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) governing council on Friday suspended Nakumatt FC and Zoo Kericho from top flight football with immediate effect. The former was to take on Western Stima with Nakumatt facing Nzoia Sugar in another fixture.
The decision was reached following the league’s governing council meeting held on Friday afternoon Friday September 22 after the High Court’s ruling which ordered that the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) be composed of 16 teams, and Football Kenya Federation’s (FKF) promotion of four teams from the National Super League is null and void.
KPL official statement
Following service of the High Court Ruling issued on Thursday, 21 September 2017 in the matter of, Petition No. 59 of 2017, Sports Tribunal between Sam Nyamweya (Petitioner) and Sports Dispute Tribunal (1st Respondent), Football Kenya Federation (2nd Respondent), and Kenyan Premier League (3rd Respondent), as well as the KPL Governing Council meeting held today, Friday, 22 September 2017, it is wished to be confirmed that in compliance to the court’s decision, Nakumatt Football Club and Zoo Football Club have been suspended from participating in the SportPesa Premier League.
Kenyan Premier League is committed to respecting the Rule of Law and the decision to suspend the two Clubs has been taken following review of article 28 (d) of the ruling received, which states, “A declaration be and is hereby issued that Kenyan Premier League shall have a maximum of 16 teams during the 2017 season, consisting of the fourteen (14) Kenyan Premier League teams which qualified for sporting merit on the field during the 2016 plus the two (2) highest ranked clubs at the end of the 2016 season in the Football Kenya Federation’s National Super League.