The 2016 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season will kick off as scheduled, this is after the ruling by the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) dismissed the case filed by Ligi Ndogo asking that the league be halted until the FKF PL runs to completion.
The FKF PL Governing Council directed clubs to boycott league matches in 2015 after unfair decisions by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF).
In the ruling, the SDT stated that the Governing Council had no basis, legal or otherwise, to stop the league and while it found that the FKF might not have proper dispute resolution mechanisms, ruling in favor of the petitioner may sow seeds of discord in the management of sports in the country.
““For good order in the running of sports in the country, and with the KPL scheduled to kick off in a few days, we feel it will not set the right precedent to stop the league’s kick off at the moment. The petition lacked proper basis to compel the tribunal to rule in its favor.
“There is also no clarity as to if the FKF has clear dispute resolution mechanisms and thus the petitioner was right to come to the tribunal for arbitration. Still we feel the decision by the Governing Council lacked legal basis or any grounds to stop the league,” the SDT chair Mr. John Ohaga stated.