Zoo Kericho contemplate legal redress

By alex wafula
Sep 27, 2017
  • Zoo Kericho are contemplating a legal redress after being locked out of KPL. (SNA. File Photo)

The effects of a High Court ruling which saw two Kenya Premier League sides barred from participating in the top tier competition are just beginning to sink in.

Although the league administrators enforced the ruling, a can of worms could have been opened and more time before the judges is likely.

Already, Zoo Kericho intend to appeal. In a nutshell, a minimum 40 players who depend on football as a means of income are unemployed. Expenses by the two clubs which amounts to millions has gone down the drains by a stroke of a pen.

In the meantime, the anticipated court battles may attract the attention of FIFA who may interprete an involvement by the courts as interference with the game.

The two clubs are in a limbo for the moment because the points earned in their 24 or so matches cannt be transferred to a lower league in which they did not play!

These are the permutations of what might send down a spiral effect which could shake the foundations of Kenya football.

Already, KPL have released a new table standing and Gor Mahia, the league leaders lost nine points. They are not happy. 

Title fight

While Zoo Kericho and Nakumatt sit out of the league, there will be three matches on Wednesday. Two of them will be relegation battles and one a title fight.

In Nairobi, Mathare United play mid-table side Posta Rangers while in Nakuru, Thika United take their relegation fight to Ulinzi Stars. League leaders Gor Mahia play second-placed Sofapaka in Kisumu.

Mathare United who have not won three previous matches will be up against a side who beat them 1-0 in the first leg.

Francis Kimanzi, the Mathare United coach is worried. "We are not in a good position on the table. The remaining games of the season are like finals. I have no doubt that these players can do well, we just need to motivate them,” Kimanzi said.

Matches between the two sides have been tight with only three of their last nine meetings finding winners.

Mathare United won home and away in Posta Rangers’ debut season in 2010 while the mailmen’s win in the first leg was their first over the Slum Boys. The remaining six games ended in draws.

“That is another very tough match because Posta are also ambitious and have their own targets. They have good experienced players while we are young. We will look to stick to our philosophy and attack more,” Kimanzi noted.

Sammy Omollo, the Posta Rangers boss has not won in the last eight games. They have not won a single match in the second leg and have drifted swiftly from title contenders to a mid table side.

“It is not encouraging at all and I want us to put that dry run behind us. We are playing against a very tactical Mathare side and to add on that they are fighting relegation. It is dangerous to play against such clubs and hopefully we can manage the game well,” Omollo noted.

Relegation zone

According to the new rankings released, a win will take them to 23 points, one clear of the relegation zone.

Meanwhile Thika United will be banking on their hunger for wins when they take on Ulinzi in Nakuru.

A win for Thika coupled with a loss for Mathare will see Nicholas Muyoti’s men jump out of relegation.

In Kisumu, Dylan Kerr, the Gor Mahia coach will be out to keep his unbeaten record when he leads his side against Sofapaka who beat them 2-0 in the first leg.

Batoto ba Mungu coincidentally was the last team to inflict a loss on K’Ogalo domestically.

“We lost to them in the first leg because of our mistakes but now we learnt our lessons. We can’t repeat the same mistakes and everyone is psyched up for the match,” Musa Mohammed, the Gor Mahia captain said.

In the meantime, Zoo Kericho were given a moment to smile after a heartbreaking week on Tuesday when their midfielder Mike Madoya was named the KPL June/July player of the month.

Madoya’s win gifted his team Sh50,000 while for himself, he walked home with a 49-inch LG Smart TV and a cash reward of Sh100,000.

To bag the award, the diminutive midfielder beat off competition from teammate Nicholas Kipkirui, Ezekiel Okare of Sofapaka and John Mwita of Chemelil Sugar.

His performances in the middle of the pack helped the top flight debutants grind six points from draws with Kariobangi Sharks, Mathare United, Kakamega Homeboyz and victory over Chemelil Sugar.

He managed to garner 27 points in the final vote tally by the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) football committee while Sofapaka goal poacher Okare managed 25 with Kipkurui and Mwita picking 14 each.

Madoya who possesses admirable dribbling skills has been involved in a total of 14 Zoo Kericho goals, assisting seven and banging home a similar number.

"I have played for a very long time but this is the first award I'm getting. It comes at a time when things are not good for the club and I hope it's the beginning of better tidings for Zoo." the 26 year-old said as he received his gong at the club’s training base in Kericho.