Kenya football plunged into confusion after the Sports Disputes Tribunal on Tuesday dismissed the decision of the Football Kenya Federation National Executive Committee to nullify 2021/22 season leagues.
The SDT led by judge John Ohaga also said NEC is illegally in office.
The FKF had termed the league competitions last season managed by the Caretaker Committee appointed by former Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed after disbanding the federation as null and void.
The federation ruled that there will be no promotions or demotions from the top league going down.
The ruling now means the promotion and relegation from last season’s FKF-PL, National Super League, Women Premier League and FKF Division One stands.
Ohaga said even though the FKF Transition Committee was illegal (having surpassed the Caretaker Committee’s tenure under the law), the football clubs participating in the 2021/2022 season had “legitimate expectation” that the leagues were being run in order on the basis of the declarations of the Sports Ministry, thus it would be an injustice to deny these clubs promotion.
It means Administration Police Service Bomet and Fortune Sacco will participate in the topflight league which enters its fourth round this weekend.
Mathare United and Vihiga Bullets stand relegated and will participate in the National Super League.
Dimba Patriots, Kona Rangers na Mayenje Santos have also now cemented their promotion from the Division One League to the NSL unless the respondents appeal the decision.
The teams had been excluded in the fixtures after the SDT on November 16 issued stay orders after APS
Bomet and Kona Rangers challenged NEC’S decision at the tribunal.
At the same time Ohaga said the reinstatement of the federation’s NEC by Sports CS Ababu Namwamba has no basis in law.
“The FKF NEC is in office illegally. The federation has no NEC since they didn’t even challenge a case in court which declared so,” Ohaga said.
The official directed Namwamba to within 30 days put mechanisms and a body which will be in charge of football in the country.