Football Kenya Federation have been forced to swallow a humble pie and reinstate Zoo FC and Mathare United in the top tier after initially they have relegated the two teams.

Both the Slum Boys and the Tea Farmers refused to sign the FKF-StarTimes endorsement deal which saw clubs lose their broadcast rights to the Federation. FKF, as usual, acted in a haste and announced they had relegated the two teams.

However, the Sports Disputes Tribunal ordered the federation to reinstate them after a petition on the same was filed before them and FKF had no choice but to abide.

As a result, the 2008 champions, Mathare, are set to start their campaign on January 14 against Sofapaka FC.

They will then play Zoo FC four days later before playing Bandari on January 22. Ulinzi Stars will follow on January 27 with Tusker coming in four days later.

Zoo FC will start against Bandari FC at Afraha Stadium on January 9 before hosting Posta Rangers at the same venue four days later. It is not yet clear why the matches will not be played at Kericho Green Stadium.

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