Confusion in Kenyan football continues as the game heads back to the courts, two days to the commencement of the country’s new football season.

The Sports Dispute Tribunal under the chairmanship of John Ohaga has warned against the start of 2022/2023 football season without promotions and relegations in different league categories.

National Super League side APS Bomet alongside another lower division club Kona Rangers have been mentioned as first and second petitioners respectively in the application at SDT, challenging the decision by FKF to nullify the disputed 2021/2022 football leagues in Kenya.

In the same case, Dimba Patriots, Mayenje Santos and Kibera Soccer Women have been listed as interested parties where Football Kenya Federation and Football Kenya Federation National Executive Committee have been named as first and second respondents respectively.

In the SDT rulling of 15th November, 2022, the Tribunal in accordancye with the matter brought before the court by an application dated 14th November 2022 ordered that;

The application be certified as urgent and services be dispensed within the first instance.

The Honourable Tribunal also declared the resolutions made by the FKF National Executive Committee on 9th November 2022 , nullifying the 2021/2022 football season and scraping promotions and relegations in the country’s football  leagues as null and void.

However, the Tribunal granted temporary injunction staying the decision made by FKF National Executive Committee on promotions and relegations, pending the full hearing and determination of the petition.

The Tribunal went ahead to issue orders setting aside the resolutions of the first and second respondents declaring that there will be no promotions and relegations in the football league for the 2012/2022 season.

The Tribunal also ordered the third respondent ( Football Kenya Federation Leagues and Competition Committee) not to commence the 2022/2023 football season on 19th and 26 November 2022 without including the petitioners and interested parties in the recently released fixtures for the 2022/2023 football season.

In addition, the Tribunal ordered that the cost of the application be borne by the first (FKF) and second (FKF National Executive Committee) respondents.

The particular application is ordered to be served upon the respondents immediately and in any event before close of day on Friday 18th November, 2022.

In the same rulling, John Ohaga also ordered that the matter be listed for mention for directions on Tuesday 22 November, 2022 at 2:30pm via Microsoft Teams.

This development comes two days before the start of Kenya’s new football season after confusion engulfed the game owing to the FIFA ban imposed on the country in February due to government interference in the federation’s affairs.

The whole of 2021/2022 football season in Kenya was ran by a Caretaker Committee put in place by the former government after the FKF National Executive Committee was disbanded by the then Sports Cabinet Ambassador Amina Muhammed in November 2021 over alleged funds embezzlement.

Sadly, the same Committee was not recognised by FIFA, meaning the Kenyan football played within that period was null and void before FIFA as well.

Similarly, immediately after they were reinstated by the new government, FKF NEC resolved to nullify the disputed 2021/2022 football leagues earlier this month, setting new dates for the 2022/2023 football season kick-off, a matter that has been challenged.

Meanwhile, it is not clear whether the scheduled fixtures in Kenya’s new football season will go ahead as planned this weekend or not.

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