Promotion and relegation play off between Thika United and Ushuru Fc will go on according to the ruling made today by the Tribunal Chair John Ohaga.
Thika United had opposed the move of play off after finishing number 16 in the Kenya Premier Leage (KPL) while Ushuru had finished third in the National Super league (NSL).
The ruling by the Sports Disputes Tribunal, throwing away a petition by Thika United against the same, with Thika who finished in the 2017 KPL season third last and as set by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) they are scheduled to take on Ushuru FC who finished the NSL season in third place but the two legged clash has been postponed twice.
Thika filed seeking orders to stop the playoff clashes initially scheduled for 2 and 6 December before being moved to 6 and 10 December, noting that the same had not been contemplated at the start of the season and after an ex parte hearing on 5 December, the Tribunal ordered the playoff called off temporarily.
Ohaga confirmed that the argument by Thika United that the procedure for declaring the playoff was not done procedurally didn’t have merit.
The ruling comes with another blow for Thika United, who have also been directed to meet the costs of the case.
Basically, for Thika, the ruling means apart from playing the two legged tie, the club has to pay both Ushuru FC and the federation’s costs incurred in this case.
In light of the ruling, the federation has set Thursday 21 December and Christmas eve as the new dates for the playoff.