Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth survive relegation scare-back in KPL

Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth survive relegation scare-back in KPL
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Both Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth football clubs’ owners, players as well as fans, can finally breathe a sigh of relief after the two teams were reinstated back into Kenya’s top flight.

The duo was relegated to National Super League(NSL)for failure to comply with club licensing requirements.

Fortunately, Sports Tribunal Dispute yesterday overturned Football Kenya Federation(FKF) decision to demote the two sides.

The tribunal which was led by John Ohaga, ruled that FKF Club Licensing manual was defective and it did not conform to both CAF and FIFA regulations hence could not be used to relegate the two teams.

“We have in any event found that the manual is defective in material respects which must be rectified before it could be properly used as the basis of undertaking the licensing process. We have also reached the conclusion that the appeals body established under the FKF licensing regulation is inoperative,” the ruling read in part.

Elly Kalekwa and Moses Adagala, Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth owners respectively, could not hide their joy after the 50-minute ruling by the SDT.

Also in attendance for the verdict, was former Kenyan and Sofapaka striker John Baraza who also adds as Sofapaka Assistant Coach looked elated and jubilant after the ruling.

Batoto Ba Mungu who won are 2009 league winners and Muhoroni Youth who won Top 8 Knock-out Cup last season- By any estimation, relegating these big clubs to NSL would have denied Kenyans top-class football.

Following the reinstallation of the two clubs into the 18-team KPL, it is expected for their fixtures to be slotted, whereas KCB and Vihiga United who had been earlier promoted, will now drop to the second tier league-NSL.



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