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Kenya Premier League: Zoo Kericho, Nakumatt back

Zoo Kericho and Nakumatt have been reinstated back into the Kenya Premier Leagu (KPL) by The Court of Appeal ahead og full ruling on 3rd November 2017.

The two clubs were suspended by High Court last week from playing at the KPL after their promotion into the top league were nullified.

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.

FKF President Nick Mwendwa was a relieved man following the temporary orders calling on more support from football lovers.

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