Former Kenya Premier league champion Mathare United and Zoo FC have been retstated to the FKF Premier league by Sports Dispute Tribunal (STD).
The two were expelled by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa due to their objection to the StarTimes deal.
Initially, FKF had also opened a 14-day transfer window for Mathare United and Zoo players to find new homes but SDT stayed that decision too, pending the hearing and determination of this application inter partes, conservatory orders be and are hereby issued staying the decision of the respondent’s National Executive Committee of 9th December 2020 suspending the petitioner from all footballing activities for failing to endorse the media rights and commercial rights agreement between the respondent and Startimes Media (Kenya) Co. Ltd of 29th September 2020,” part of the SDT orders read.
“That pending hearing and determination of this application inter – partes, conservatory orders be and are hereby issued staying the respondent’s decision of 13th December 2020 unilaterally revoking the registration of and terminating the petitioner’s players’ contracts and excluding the petitioner from the FKFPL 2020-21 League fixtures; Zoo Football Club vs Kenya Football Federation & others order 4.”
On their official twitter handle the teams reacted differently.
Mathare wrote on their twitter @MathareUtd” Some good news here guys, today’s ruling by SDT has revoked the decision by the Premier League organisers to suspend us and @zoofootballclub from the ongoing topflight campaign. We now wait communiocation on when we will begin our 2020/2021 season.