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BY SAMSON MBII,NAIROBI,3RD OCT 2017-Fans of two local soccer clubs Zoo Kericho and Nakummatt FC have every reason to celebrate after the Court of Appeal reinstated the two clubs back to the SportPesa Premier League.The full ruling will however be given on 3rd of next month.
The two clubs had been suspended from the ongoing season following a High Court ruling on September 21 that rendered their promotion null and void.
A three-judge bench led by Phillip Waki ordered the two teams to continue playing in the top tier until the full ruling is delivered in a month’s time.
“An order is hereby made that the teams continue playing in the KPL until delivery of the ruling is made on November 3, 2017,” said Judge Minoti Kathurima.
Ken Ochieng’, appearing for the appellants, the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) challenged the High Court decision to have been overtaken by events.
“The orders ought to have come before commencement of the season. If they prevail, it will be impractical for the two teams to play in the second tier at this time,” Ochieng’ said adding, “Further to that, locking out the two denies players to compete with the best. For instance, Zoo Kericho midfielder Mike Madoya recently won player of the month award worth Sh100 000 while Nakumatt striker Kepha Aswani is in contention for the Golden Boot and best player award that comes with a million shillings.”
Wahome Njagi, appearing for the first respondent, former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Sam Nyamweya, said upholding the orders will be legitimising an illegality.