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Kenyans to wait longer for KPL action

10:06 PM GMT+4 14/02/2017
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KPL are waiting for a ruling on Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth in order to start the league

Kenyan fans will wait longer for the 2017 Kenyan Premier League kick-off.

While making a ruling, last week, on the tussle between Football Kenya Federation and Kenyan Premier League, Sports Disputes Tribunal gave direction that the league starts in two weeks with 16 teams as they wait for two more teams from a pool of Muhoroni Youth, Sofapaka, KCB and Vihiga United.

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Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka were relegated by FKF for failing to comply with Caf Club Licensing requirement and they lodged an official appeal against the decision at the Sports Tribunal. KCB and Vihiga United, on the other hand, were promoted by the federation to fill the void in an 18-team league.

FKF had set the league's kick-off date to be tentatively on February 25 while KPL has mentioned March 5 as the kick-off date.

KPL vice chairman Ambrose Rachier had asserted to Goal that they will not release any fixtures or start the league without a complete composition, meaning that the case between Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka has to be completed before the league starts.

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“We cannot start the league without other clubs. We will have to wait until the case on Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka is competed before releasing fixtures for the season.”

The Sports Disputes Tribunal chairman John Ohaga has told Goal that the case will be heard for the first time on March 2 to pave way for a possible ruling which will be made on a later date.

“We gave directives on how the case will be handled today (Tuesday) and allowed Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth to present all papers associated with the case. We will have our first hearing on March 2 after which a ruling will be made.”