Court order restrains KPL from running a parallel league

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Feb 20, 2015
  • Sports Ministry officials issued an ultimatum which failed to resolve the impasse between FKF and KPL. The matter is now in court and the hearing is set for March 3. (SNA File Photo)

The stalmate between Football Kenya Federation and Kenya Premier League Limited took a new twist on Friday evening after FKF obtained a court order stopping KPL from going on with their plans of organizing and running Kenya's top Premier League.

This new development came after KPL released fixtures for the opening weekend on Saturday and Sunday, defying threats by FKF following a collapse in talks between them and FKF on Wednesday.

The ruling filed under a certificate of urgency at the Milimani Court was read out of Friday by Justice Mbogholi Msagha and is set for hearing on March 3 at the Civil Court. As a result, KPL has been restrained from "hosting, commencing, running, managing or in any other way conducting a parallel Premier League in the name of Kenyan Premier League or any other name for 14 days from 20th February."

Remember, FKF suspended two of their officials, Sammy Sholei (vice chairman) and Dan Shikanda (Nairobi NEC member) after they took a football dispute to court.

KPL officials however said they were yet to be served with the same. KPL Chair Ambrose Rachier, a renowned Nairobi Lawyer said; “Currently I am out of the city because I am attending my mother in law’s burial and I don’t know much of what has been transpiring in the city so I cannot comment much.”

KPL CEO Jack Oguda added; “We have not received any court order yet and as it is we know that our league plans are still on course,” 

Before the Court injunction, KPL made good its threat of continuing with their league start this weekend despite the standing impasse between them and FKF over the running of the league.

Separate fixtures released

KPL released fixtures for the opening weekend with seven matches spread between Saturday and Sunday. Also, FKF announced they had ‘promoted’ 14 teams from the National Super League to replace KPL teams which had vowed to stay put with KPL.

The federation had given the KPL clubs an ultimatum to confirm their allegiance but after they failed to dance to their tune, they were replaced by National Super League teams. Posta Rangers, Zoo Kericho, Nakumatt, Kakamega Homeboyz and Shabana.

Others were: Agro Chemical, West Sugar, Finlays, St.Joseph, Nairobi Stima, Bidco, Ligi Ndogo, Oserian, FC Talanta, and Kariobangi Sharks which will be the 18 teams making up the FKF Premier League.

After the clubs’ meeting on Thursday evening in Nairobi, FKF also appointed Kariobangi Sharks Chairman Nick Mwenda to head a committee which will run the league with Ibrahim Muganda,Johnstone Sakwa and Zacharius Ogola being the other members of the committee.

“We are meeting on Monday where we will sign an MoU with the federation especially with matters to do with the sponsorship perk. We want to be assured that the money will be paid and by when and using which modalities. We want to make everything clear because this is a very big risk we are taking as teams,” Mwenda said.

KPL has instead drafted fixtures for the weekend with four games set for Saturday and three for Sunday. According to the fixtures, Ulinzi Stars faced Sony Sugar at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru, Thika United were at home to Tusker FC.

Double header at City Stadum

At the City Stadium it would have been a double header televised by Supersport in where KCB were due to play Western Stima while defending champions Gor Mahia hosted Mathare United.

On Sunday, Chemelil Sugar were to host AFC Leopards at Afraha Stadium, Bandari welcomed Muhoroni Youth while the televised match would have seen Sofapaka and Ushuru play in Machakos.

Earlier, FKF had alleged AFC Leopards and Muhoroni Youth had expressed their desire to play in the FKF-run league but in a rejoinder, officials from both clubs refuted the claims innsisting they were taking part in the KPL.

CEO Jack Oguda had stated the league would continue as planned with two teams expected to be added. “We are still in discussion and probably Nakuru All Stars and City Stars will be retained. However, that decision will be made next week. For now, the matches will go on as scheduled.”