KPL now moves to tribunal over derby cancellation
KPL has moved to the Sports Tribunal over the FKF move to cancel Mashemeji derby
KPL CEO Jack Oguda
The war between the Football Kenya Federation and the Kenyan Premier League has taken a sour twist with the KPL management moving to the Sports Tribunal over FKF’s decision to forcefully call off Saturday’s Mashemeji Derby.
According to KPL CEO Jack Oguda, the hearing of the case would be done tomorrow, just two days before the supposed date of the derby.
“We feel that this is interference from FKF and we want an interpretation from the tribunal whether they are right to forcefully postpone games for these two friendly games,” Oguda said on Tuesday evening.
FKF had on Monday said the derby will not go on with both Gor and AFC players making a huge percentage of the national team which is set to play two friendly games against Swaziland and Equatorial Guinea on Friday and Monday respectively.
AFC Leopards went on to state that the game on Saturday in Kakamega will go on and they will not release their players for ‘funny friendlies’ sparking fury with the federation. This is even as MichezoAfrika learns that AFC players were present in Tuesday training.
There was tranquility between the two strange bedfellows over the last year after another tumultuous season of strained relations in 2016 over the top flight’s expansion.
It will be remembered that in the tribunal’s ruling that allowed the expansion of the league, the tribunal ruled that KPL is subordinate to FKF which is the mother body running football in the country. It will be interesting to learn how things will turn out when the two find themselves in opposing sides in the tribunal’s chambers on Wednesday.