In a letter dated 14th May 2022 and signed by head of secretariat Linda Ogutu addressing Mathare chairman Bob Munro, the Committee reiterated that it made the decision after Mathare United gave out three walkovers in the country’s top tier league.
“We have in our possession the match officials’ reports on your matches…pitting yourselves against Bandari FC, Ulinzi Stars FC and Sofapaka FC and which were scheduled to be played…,” the statement read.
“It is evident therefore that the said matches were not played for the reasons attributed to your team which failed to honour the fixtures and the same were thus awarded to your opponents.
“It is discernible from the foregoing that your team has to date failed to play three matches this season.
Ogutu went ahead to state that the Committee demoted the Slum Boys in compliance with the stipulated FKF statutes.
“As provided for by… the rules and regulations governing Kenyan Football which states; ‘any club in a league format that does not turn up for three fixtures in a season and their explanation… is not accepted in all the three incidences to the FKF National Leagues and Competitions Committee, shall be suspended for the rest of the season, shall be relegated to a lower tier for the next season and may face other disciplinary action.’
“We therefore hereby write to you decreeing that having failed to play three matches in contravention of the above stated rule… Mathare United FC has been suspended from the FKF Premier League 2021/22 season and shall be relegated to the National Super League for the next season.”
This development comes amid grave financial constraints bedevilling a host of clubs in the nation’s top flight league.
Earlier, Mathare United Chairman Bob Monro took the blame to Football Kenya Federation for the tribulations experienced in Kenya’s football at the moment.
Mathare United is bottom of the FKF Premier League table as the 2021/2022 season enters homestretch.