Sports tribunal dismisses petition to annul Gor’s top-flight season championship
The Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) Tuesday dismissed a petition by the Kenya Premier League (KPL) body challenging a decision by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to prematurely end the 2019/2020 top-flight season and declare Gor Mahia Champions.
It also ruled that FKF president Nick Mwendwa erred in announcing the end of the league season, as he did not have the necessary powers owing to the unavailability of his National Executive Committee (NEC), whose term of office expired in February.
The Tribunal also determined the coronavirus pandemic, whose outbreak in the country led to the termination of the league, was an act of force majure (a legal term implying unforeseen circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract).
This ruling could mark an acrimonious end to a frosty relationship between KPL and the current FKF office, which stretches back four years.
It could also clear the path for Gor Mahia to represent the country in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions league and also pave the for the start of the 2020/2021 BetKing Premier League season under the supervision of FKF, following the expiry of KPL’s mandate to manage the league on behalf of the federation.